Seamen and the nigerianization of shipping in the postcolonial era

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This article examines the impact that indigenization policies had on labor and on the cultures of work in postcolonial Nigeria. Scholars have studied indigenization in the context of nationalist politics, statecraft, and development in postcolonial Africa. However, we have little knowledge of how working classes experienced and interpreted indigenization schemes. Focusing on the indigenization of shipping, this article discusses both how Nigerian seamen anticipated the establishment of the Nigerian National Shipping Line and the actual impact of Nigerianization on their working lives. By taking a close look at changes in shipboard hierarchies, labor relations, and the culture of work on NNSL vessels, we can gain a deeper understanding of how broader political processes associated with decolonization and postindependence shaped working-class lives in postcolonial Nigeria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-141
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Labor and Working-Class History
StatePublished - 18 Nov 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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