Ecology, Civil Society and the Informal Economy in North West Tanzania: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Ecology, Civil Society and the Informal Economy in North West Tanzania

1st Edition

By Charles David Smith


240 pages

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Based on a decade of first-hand experience and secondary research, this richly detailed study follows daily life in four villages in Tanzania. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, this comprehensive account examines the regional economy, determinants of civil society and implications for democratization, AIDS, population growth, refugees, crops and goods and implications for development. Charles David Smith brings together well over 200 interviews and his own experience of everyday events, providing a constructive critique of current initiatives and a potent new direction that has so far been under-explored by existing bodies. An essential text for all serious students and researchers interested in development.


’This book will be of interest to students of development studies and to staff and supporters of NGOs working in Tanzania…both challenging and thought-provoking.’ Tanzanian Affairs ’…recommended to all levels of scholars of development…’ Labour, Capital and Society

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Conceptualizing the peasantry; Civil society and governance; The ecology of the Kagera region: the physical and human environment; AIDS and depopulation; Rwandese refugees in Tanzania; The staff of life; Coffee, the world market connection; Sustainable development reconsidered: the rich farmers; Women heads of household: the need for empowerment; Consumer goods and the cash economy; Conclusion; Bibliography.

About the Series

The Making of Modern Africa

The Making of Modern Africa
A number of scholars in African Studies have recently begun to produce interdisciplinary works which go beyond the constraints of "traditional" anthropology, narrative, political history and political science. This new generation of scholars has sidestepped the ideological debates which characterized much of the work in African Studies in the 1970s and early 1980s. They have chosen to focus instead on the meaning of democracy, law, civil society, human rights, ethnicity, class and gender relations in given African societies. Many of these scholars are Africans who have studied in the West, but who have carried out field and archival research in their countries of origin. Consequently, in a number of instances, their studies represent the first analysis of their societies by indigenous scholars who have benefited from exposure to external perspectives. The books are written in a manner to appeal to a more general readership as well as to specialists.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography