Unsere Fabrik unsere Familie. Vorstellungen von Verwandtschaft und Familie in einem tansanischen Industriebetrieb vor der Privatisierung und danach
(Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung 25)
Berlin: Lit Verlag 2006
270 pp., Euro 29.90; ISBN 3-8258-9711-7
Keywords: factory privatization, privatization and traditional labor, patronage, kinship and work, family and labor organization, multiplex relationships, neo-liberalism

Our factory our family. Ideas of kinship and family in a Tanzanian industrial plant before and after privatization
This explorative study investigates how workers and managers of a tobacco factory, having worked there for decades, cope with the change of privatization, which affected ideas about kinship, family. It is described how they organize using family relationships, how they are influenced by images and discourses of kinship and what the limits of these relations are. Fischer found that before privatization patronage in recruiting, positioning, and sanctioning was very important, that the mater-paternalistic discourse was not challenged before but was questioned after privatization through neo-liberal elements. Also, segregating and integrating processes of family and kinship have been weakened after privatization, and behavior at the workplace changed: because the privatization process includes a partial removal of the old, traditional structures of patronage etc., workers feel that it is an expropriation, and a devaluation of the past.