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The Business of DecolonizationBritish Business Strategies in the Gold Coast$
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Sarah Stockwell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208488

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208488.001.0001

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Strategies for Decolonization: The Mining Companies

Strategies for Decolonization: The Mining Companies

(p.164) 6. Strategies for Decolonization: The Mining Companies
The Business of Decolonization

Sarah Stockwell

Oxford University Press

In the post-war era, British mining companies, like firms in other sectors, introduced policies to take account of political change in the Gold Coast. They began a process of Africanization, and embarked upon other initiatives designed to protect their concession agreements, to strengthen their local representation, to bolster their community standing, and to improve their welfare provision for labour. The Accra riots, however, do not seem to have played as significant a part as they did in the case of the trading companies in prompting the industry to introduce these policies. Indeed, management at some companies had begun considering their political exposure even before the developments of 1947–1948, alarmed by the high incidence of post-war labour unrest. This chapter focuses on investment, concessions, and long-term trends in the mining industry in the Gold Coast; Africanization and localization by the mining companies; and their public relations, propaganda, labour relations, and intelligence. It considers the experience of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation.

Keywords:   Gold Coast, mining companies, Africanization, localization, Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, public relations, labour relations, investment, concessions

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