African Encounters with Domesticity

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where they enjoyed free shelter but provided their own food. Another factor in women's lower average wages is that few of them have long service in one family, most having been in post only for a few months.
Carter summarized the reasons for Tanzania's grave economic situation in 1986 as follows: "the toll on foreign exchange reserves exacted by the war in Uganda, the effects of the oil price shock of 1979-1980, the world recession, adverse terms of trade in Tanzania's exports, a series of drought years, and above all the decline in agricultural and industrial performance" ( 1986,3). More recently there has been a slight recovery, so that Carter writes of a "rehabilitation of industry" in 1988 following the Economic Recovery Programme and IMF intervention ( 1988,15).


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