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Cultivating Workers : Peasants and Capitalism in a Sudanese Village - Victoria Bernal

Cultivating Workers

Peasants and Capitalism in a Sudanese Village

Hardcover Published: 9th December 1991
ISBN: 9780231071727
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Bernal maintains that capitalism is not inexorably converting third world peasants into landless proletarians, but rather, creating a class of peasant-workers whose existence and reproduction is predicated on the combination of wage-labor and subsistence production. Bernal demonstrates the growing importance of wage-work in the lives of Sudanese peasants, and explores the impact of nonfarm work on the organization and goals of household agricultural production. Detailed, empirical, micro-level data back up her arguments as she explores labor markets, rural-to-urban migration, wage levels, patterns of work, capital accumulation, and their impact on Sudanese agriculture and the lives of peasant workers.

The richly detailed case study of a Blue Nile village in Sudan illustrates the complex relationships between labor markets, urban and international migration, patterns of work and accumulation in the wage economy and the informal sector, and peasant agriculture. It suggests that the growing participation of rural populations in labor and commodities markets reduces the importance of land in rural political economy and alters the basis of rural inequality and agricultural productivity.

ISBN: 9780231071727
ISBN-10: 0231071728
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 9th December 1991
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.45