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Rural Communities under Stress : Peasant Farmers and the State in Africa - Jonathan Barker

Rural Communities under Stress

Peasant Farmers and the State in Africa

Paperback Published: 2nd April 1990
ISBN: 9780521313582
Number Of Pages: 240

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First published in 1990, Rural Communities under Stress goes behind the crises of famine and poor agricultural production to examine the forces and pressures that can affect peasant farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on a wide range of case studies by anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, and economists, the book shows that peasant farmers have ways of defending their interests. Cases from Senegal, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda are given as concrete examples of ways peasant farming communities cope with the stresses of economic exploitation, political subordination, and demographic and ecological pressure. Even when they are not successful, peasant farmers are far from being passive victims. The book examines in direct and clear language the major arguments about the basic nature of Africa's rural crisis put forward by powerful agencies of international assistance and influential academics.

Dramas of rural change
Beyond the images of crisis
Changing peasant farms
The making of peasant-farming zones
Markets and power
Communities under stress
Peasant farmers and the 'beginning of politics'
Peasant farmers as citizens
Crisis and opportunity
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521313582
ISBN-10: 0521313589
Series: African Society Today
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.27