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Farm Labour : African Society Today - Ken Swindell

Farm Labour

African Society Today

Paperback Published: 17th February 1986
ISBN: 9780521272124
Number Of Pages: 214

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This 1985 book highlights important attributes of farm labour, how it is mobilised and controlled, and places it within a context of historical change. International trade, colonialism, the growth of towns and transport have all exerted a powerful influence on rural Africa; yet agriculture is still dominated by small-commodity producers who have retained control over their means of production. These forces have altered traditional forms of agricultural production and distribution, but not sufficiently to undermine their labour-intensive character. Many small farmers now produce for local or international markets and this shift towards greater commodity production has been achieved by new patterns of work and labour organisation. Domestic production and family labour have been expanded or reduced by the spread of hired labour, as workers are redistributed between richer and poorer farmers and developed and underdeveloped regions. In addition, women have become more important as field labourers, as off-farm work for men becomes part of household reproduction.

List of figures
List of tables
Introduction
Patterns of work: the use and deployment of farm labour
Domestic groups and the organisation of farm labour
Farm labour and the market economy
Agricultural labourers, share-croppers and migrant workers
Labour co-operation: growth, decline and persistence
Farm labour and programmes of agrarian change
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521272124
ISBN-10: 0521272122
Series: African Society Today
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 17th February 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.28

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