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Population, Prosperity and Poverty
Rural Kano, 1900 and 1970

  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521107082

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  • This book, which reports on fieldwork done in an exceedingly densely populated locality of rural Hausaland (Dorayi) in 1971–1972, is complete in itself. In it Dr Hill compares and contrasts Dorayi with the much less densely populated village of her previous study, with special reference to the consequences of high and persistent population density; she also attempts to interpret the present-day stability of this stagnating, impoverished, overcrowded community in terms of socio-economic conditions in rural Kano Emirate generally in very early colonial times, utilising archival as well as field material. Some of the consequences of persistent population pressure are most surprising (an example is the brake it puts on outward migration): they will be eagerly studied by demographers who commonly search in vain for relevant socio-economic studies, particularly any dealing with the plight of the most impoverished, who tend to get overlooked.

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    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521107082
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The economic relationship between city and countryside in 1900
    2. Indirect rule as rural non-rule
    3. The Kano Close Settled Zone
    4. A brief introduction to Dorayi
    5. The consequences of persistent population pressure: a summary
    6. The evidence for economic inequality
    7. The attitude to farmland
    8. The married son
    9. The failure to migrate
    10. The rich men
    11. Extreme poverty
    12. The big house
    13. From slavery to freedom: farm-slavery in Dorayi
    List of References
    Index.

  • Author

    Polly Hill

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