Labor, State and Capital in Nigeria's Oil Industry

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This study brings us into the distinctive world of Nigerian oil workers in their daily confrontations with the neo-Colonial state and foreign capital. It reveals how oil workers devise and execute survival strategies against a very formidable alliance of a state which is almost totally dependent on oil rents, and oil corporations whose main operational motivation is the maximization of profits and control of the market.


". . . I was struck by the depth of the research, the flow of the arguments, the ways in which it challenges assumed knowledge on transnational capital, the neo-colonial state, labor, and the political economy of peripheral social formations. The ability to present the position of the workers in their own language - pidgin english - clearly strengthens the presentation. . . . This is perhaps his most significant contribution to knowledge in this work. Aside from being a path-breaking study, it draws attention to an area which is often neglected: how non-bourgeois forces get even with the state and capital outside the channels of the trade unions and the legal system." - from the Foreword by Pita Ogaba Agbese

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Foreword by Pita Ogaba Agbese
1. Introduction
2. Oil in Nigerian History and Economy
3. Transnational Oil Corporations and Labor Control
5. Unionization in the Oil Industry
6. Are Oil Workers Labor Aristocrats
7. Forms of Worker Protest

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