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African Farmers in Rhodesia

Old and New Peasant Communities in Karangaland, 1st Edition

By A K H Weinrich


356 pages

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Originally published in 1975 this book analyses the factors making for success and failure in agricultural development among black Zimbabweans during the 20th century. A detailed analysis is given of 2 tribal trust lands, including government policies and administrative control of these areas, voluntary and forced adjustment to land shortage and the economic resources and productivity of peasant cultivators. Settlements under individual land tenure are examined, as are government policies to these, the internal transofrmation of these communities and their economic resources and productivity. There is also a section on irrigation schemes and the reaction of people to irrigation farming. This is an indispensable book in understanding the present-day situation of agriculture in Zimbabwe.

Table of Contents

1. Evolution and Revolution in African Agriculture Part 1: Peasant Communities in the Tribal Areas Karangaland 2. Government Policy and Administrative Control in Tribal Areas 3. Forced and Voluntary Adjustment to Land Shortage in Tribal Areas 4. Economic Resources of Peasant Cultivators in Tribal Trust Lands 5. Productivity of Tribal Trust Lands 6. Profiles of Peasant Cultivators Part 2: Individual and Land Tenure 7. Government Policy and Peasant Rsponse to Individual Land Tenure 8. The Internal Transformation of Peasant communities 9. Economic Resources of Peasant Farmers in Purchase Areas 10. Agricultural Productivity of Purchase Areas 11. Profiles of Peasant Farmers Part 3: Irrigation Schemes 12. Government Policy and Administrative Control 13. Plotholders on Irrigation Schemes 14. Economic Resources of Plotholders on Irrigation Schemes 15. Agricultural Productivity of Irrigation Schemes 16. Profiles of Plotholders on Irrigation Schemes.

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies