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Chinese Employers and Their Ugandan Workers : Tensions, Frictions and Cooperation in an African City

Chinesische Unternehmer und ihre ugandischen Arbeitnehmer : Spannungen, Reibungen und Kooperation in einer afrikanischen Stadt
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Abstract "This paper analyses the context in which a group of African workers interact with their Chinese employers within a specific ethno- graphic space: Chinese-owned shops in Kampala, Uganda. By exploring enjawulo, the locally embedded cultural, social and economic notion of work and labour, I reveal how relations between Chinese employers and Ugandan employees are shaped by the former's knowledge and acceptance of this practice. This analytical lens contextualises the two groups' divergent goals, opinions and aspirations, examines the interpersonal dimensions of their social relations, and also analyses employers' and employees' opinions on labour conflicts, cooperation and understanding. The goal of the paper is to explore and deconstruct the context in which Chinese store owners and their local employees interact, cohabit, and sometimes even find common ground, despite markedly different economic, social, cultural, racial and linguistic backgrounds." (author's abstract)
Keywords Uganda; Chinese; migrant; migration; employment; employment conditions; negotiation; conflict potential; perception; entrepreneur; labor relations; cultural difference; East Africa; English-speaking Africa; developing country; Africa South of the Sahara; Africa
Classification Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology
Method descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 139-176
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
Issue topic Understanding Chinese-African Interactions in Africa
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs