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dc.contributor.authorMeier Zu Selhausen, Felix
dc.contributor.authorVan Leeuwen, Marco H D
dc.contributor.authorWeisdorf, Jacob L
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-26T17:27:44Z
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dc.date.created2017-12-15 00:08
dc.date.issued2017-06-28
dc.identifieroai:sro.sussex.ac.uk:71634
dc.identifierhttp://sro.sussex.ac.uk/71634/3/ehr12616.pdf
dc.identifierMeier Zu Selhausen, Felix, Van Leeuwen, Marco H D and Weisdorf, Jacob L (2017) Social mobility among Christian Africans: evidence from Anglican marriage registers in Uganda, 1895-2011. Economic History Review. ISSN 0013-0117 (Accepted)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12424/1884359
dc.description.abstractThis article uses Anglican marriage registers from colonial and post-colonial Uganda to investigate long-term trends and determinants of intergenerational social mobility and colonial elite formation among Christian African men. It shows that the colonial era opened up new labour opportunities for these African converts, enabling them to take large steps up the social ladder regardless of their social origin. Contrary to the widespread belief that British indirect rule perpetuated the power of African political elites (chiefs), this article shows that a remarkably fluid colonial labour economy actually undermined their social advantages. Sons of chiefs gradually lost their high social-status monopoly to a new, commercially orientated, and well-educated class of Anglican Ugandans, who mostly came from non-elite and sometimes even lower-class backgrounds. The study also documents that the colonial administration and the Anglican mission functioned as key steps on the ladder to upward mobility. Mission education helped provide the skills and social reference needed to climb the ladder in exchange for compliance with the laws of the Anglican Church. These social mobility patterns persisted throughout the post-colonial era, despite rising levels of informal labour during Idi Amin’s dictatorship.
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dc.publisherWiley
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dc.subjectD880 Developing Countries
dc.subjectDT History of Africa
dc.subjectDT0421 East Africa. British East Africa
dc.subjectDT0433.2 Uganda
dc.subjectHC Economic history and conditions
dc.subjectHM0831 Social change
dc.subjectHN30 The church and social problems
dc.titleSocial mobility among Christian Africans: evidence from Anglican marriage registers in Uganda, 1895-2011
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