Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Spiegel, Andrew David en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Niehaus, Isak Arnold en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-01T10:31:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-01T10:31:01Z
dc.date.issued 1987 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Niehaus, I. 1987. Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22390
dc.description Bibliography: pages 254-266. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Workers domiciled in Qwaqwa, South Africa's smallest 'homeland', experience high rates of unemployment and job instability. Yet most terminations of employment are employee-instigated. This dissertation examines the reasons for employment instability among wage workers resident in a housing section in Phuthaditjhaba, the 'homeland's' only urban area. The approach adopted in the dissertation is primarily ethnographic. It describes the everyday experiences of African workers and treats their own perspectives of their working lives as central. Quantitative and qualitative data, collected from two samples drawn from the population in the housing area selected for study, are presented. It is argued that employment instability must be understood as a consequence of a web of interrelated circumstances and cannot be explained in terms of any one single causal factor. The following employment and employment-related circumstances are examined: workers' views of, and reactions to, wages and working conditions; problems with transport between places of work and home, and with workplace accommodation; conflicts of interest arising from domestic pressures undermining workers' ability to remain in a job; and the experience of joblessness. These various factors are then drawn together to show that workers do not perceive these factors in isolation from one another, but that they experience the oppressive conditions of their domestic and working lives as a totality. Any attempts to find ways to increase workers' job stability will have to look both within and beyond the workplace. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Ethnology en_ZA
dc.subject.other Unemployed - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Unemployment en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.title Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Niehaus, I. A. (1987). <i>Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22390 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Niehaus, Isak Arnold. <i>"Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 1987. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22390 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Niehaus IA. Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 1987 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22390 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Niehaus, Isak Arnold AB - Workers domiciled in Qwaqwa, South Africa's smallest 'homeland', experience high rates of unemployment and job instability. Yet most terminations of employment are employee-instigated. This dissertation examines the reasons for employment instability among wage workers resident in a housing section in Phuthaditjhaba, the 'homeland's' only urban area. The approach adopted in the dissertation is primarily ethnographic. It describes the everyday experiences of African workers and treats their own perspectives of their working lives as central. Quantitative and qualitative data, collected from two samples drawn from the population in the housing area selected for study, are presented. It is argued that employment instability must be understood as a consequence of a web of interrelated circumstances and cannot be explained in terms of any one single causal factor. The following employment and employment-related circumstances are examined: workers' views of, and reactions to, wages and working conditions; problems with transport between places of work and home, and with workplace accommodation; conflicts of interest arising from domestic pressures undermining workers' ability to remain in a job; and the experience of joblessness. These various factors are then drawn together to show that workers do not perceive these factors in isolation from one another, but that they experience the oppressive conditions of their domestic and working lives as a totality. Any attempts to find ways to increase workers' job stability will have to look both within and beyond the workplace. DA - 1987 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1987 T1 - Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment TI - Wage workers in a 'homeland township' : their experiences in finding, maintaining and losing employment UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/22390 ER - en_ZA


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