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Dry Grain Farming Families

Dry Grain Farming Families
Hausalund (Nigeria) and Karnataka (India) Compared


  • Date Published: October 1982
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521271028

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  • Anthropologists and economists have made persistent efforts to identify economic features of rural tropical economies in the simplest possible terms, in order to enhance their universality. This has resulted in the creation of doctrine on such matters as the causes of rural economic inequality and abysmal poverty. The doctrine is far too generalised to have any practical utility; it is ahistorical; and it usually involves the false belief that all cultivators in a community have similar economic responses. So firm is this orthodoxy that under-development studies have become deadlocked - to the point that our ignorance is constantly on the increase. The book represents a radical assault on prevailing orthodoxy, breaking the deadlock by insisting that we properly categorise the main types of agrarian system in the tropical world. Moreover, it practically demonstrates how to identify these important categories, and draw useful generalised conclusions about it, on the basis of detailed fieldwork in parts of northern Nigeria and south India.

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    • Date Published: October 1982
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521271028
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    List of plates
    List of abbreviations and conventions
    Introductory chapter
    1. Background material: the two regions and the eight localities
    2. A dry grain Agrarian mode
    3. The village farmland
    4. The farming household: (1) joint households
    5. The farming household: (2) miscellaneous aspects
    6. The essence of inequality: land ownership
    7. The diversity of economic activity
    8. Intensification
    9. Upward and downward mobility
    10. Migration
    11. Rural/urban relationships
    12. The withdrawal from the countryside
    13. Agrestic servitude
    14. The inevitable dissolution of the large estates
    15. How did the weakest elements formerly survive in the anekal villages?
    16. The lack of an Agrarian hierarchy in pre-colonial west Africa
    17. A dry grain mode: some conclusions
    List of references

  • Author

    Polly Hill

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