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The African Poor : A History - John Iliffe

The African Poor

A History

Paperback

Published: 9th May 1988
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This is a book for all readers concerned with the future of Africa. The first history of the poor of Sub-Saharan Africa, it begins in the monasteries of thirteenth-century Ethiopia and ends in the South African resettlement sites of the 1980s. It provides a historical context for poverty in Africa--both the permanent poverty of the dispossessed and the temporary poverty of famine victims. Its thesis, modelled on the histories of poverty in Europe, is that most very poor Africans have been incapacitated for labor, bereft of support, and unable to fend for themselves in a land-rich economy. Dr. Iliffe investigates what it is like to be poor, how the poor seek to help themselves, how their families help, and how charitable and governmental institutions provide for them.

'This is history which is in empathy with Africa which seeks, and finds, the positive elements in the suffering of the poor.' The Times Higher Educational Supplement 'This pioneering book is both comprehensive and also eminently fair: whether in dealing with pre-colonial, colonial, or contemporary conditions, Iliffe presents a splendidly balanced and unprejudiced view always meticulously supported by the factual evidence.' American Anthropologist

Preface
The comparative history of the poor
Christian Ethiopia
The Islamic tradition
Poverty and pastoralism
Yoruba and Igbo
Early European initiatives
Poverty in South Africa, 1886-1948
Rural poverty in colonial Africa
Urban poverty in tropical Africa
The care of the poor in colonial Africa
Leprosy
The growth of poverty in independent Africa
The transformation of poverty in southern Africa
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521348775
ISBN-10: 0521348773
Series: African Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 9th May 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.59