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The Political Economy of West African Agriculture : Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback) - Keith Hart

The Political Economy of West African Agriculture

Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 30th August 1982
ISBN: 9780521284233
Number Of Pages: 240

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West Africa's agriculture has, for 150 years, been heavily geared toward export, yet the region is one of the world's poorest. Keith Hart examines this question, focusing particularly on how this situation has affected the indigenous peoples of West Africa. Commerce has grown impressively, but productivity remains low and capital accumulation is retarded. The reasons exist primarily in internal conditions shaping social institutions. Before, during, and since colonialism, the particular problems of these preindustrial states have shaped agricultural development more than the pressure supposedly emanating from the 'world system' of international capitalism. This book, following the classical economists as well as Marx and Lenin, argues for the necessity of rapid capitalist penetration into West African agriculture. The book is also a readable introduction to the history and ethnography of the region as a whole.

West Africa's economic backwardness in anthropological perspective
The organization of agricultural production
The state in agricultural development
The market and capital in agricultural development
The social impact of commercial agriculture
What is to be done?
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ISBN: 9780521284233
ISBN-10: 0521284236
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th August 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: Annotated