Originally published in 1988, this book documents genealogical developments which, together with changes in agricultural production, religious ethic, politics, gender relations, patterns of solidarity and trade were local adjustments to the economic crisis of the 1970s and 80s in Zambia. The book explores the dynamics of a peripheral 'traditional' economy, examining the extent to which village structures and value systems have changed.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. A Peripheral Setting 3. Migration Today: Viewed from a Rural District Town 4. Cohesion today: Kowa Revisited 5. Food Security, Food Trading and Local Administration 6. Land, Labour and Cash 7. Kinship and the Border Economy 8. New Developments in Shifting Agriculture 9. Settlement and Survival: Conclusions
'The gendered search for new sources of cash, the emergence of residence choices and women's struggles to secure a just reward for their involvements in trade and agriculture, here set against the backdrop of (agricultural) transition, are themes of continued relevance to contemporary Zambia.' Johan Pottier