Town and Country in Central and Eastern Africa: Studies Presented and Discussed at the Twelfth International African Seminar, Lusaka, September 1972, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Town and Country in Central and Eastern Africa

Studies Presented and Discussed at the Twelfth International African Seminar, Lusaka, September 1972, 1st Edition

Edited by David Parkin


370 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138591417
pub: 2020-05-01
SAVE ~$9.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 1st May 2020
Hardback: 9781138591301
pub: 2018-08-22
SAVE ~$27.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429490453
pub: 2018-08-16
from $22.50

FREE Standard Shipping!


Originally published in 1975, the studies in this volume examine the range of factors which mediate the development of social processes in both town and country: as well as migration there is the ebb and flow of beliefs, ideologies and educational and occupational opportunities. It considers the fundamental economic and political bases of migrations in the form of colonialism or multi-national controls of various kinds, international commodity markets of supply and demand, and the distinct development policies adopted by independent governments. The editor’s introduction discusses old and new models of migration; the origins of rural inequalities in development; the degree of continuity of language and belief systems between town and country and the persistence of rural links in urban settlements.


‘…these admirable studies offer one of the best introductions to the protocol of meeting the elites of Tropical Africa.’ West Africa

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction David Parkin Part 2: Special Studies Models of Migration 1. Factors in Rural Male Absenteeism in Rhodesia J. C. Mitchell 2. Circulatory Migration in Rhodesia: Towards a Decision Model G. Kingsley Garbett 3. The Evolving Phenomena of Migration and Urbanization in Central Africa: A Zambian Case Patrick O. Ohadike 4. Migration, Settlement and the Politics of Unemployment: A Nairobi Case Study Part 2: Migration and Rural Development 1. Notes on Migration in Uganda Tibamanya mwene Mushanga 2. Inter-Rural Migration and East African Rural Development Victor C. Uchendu 3. Controllers in Rural Tanzania H. U. E. Thoden van Velzen 4. New Economic Relationships Between the Gwembe Valley and the Line of Rail Elizabeth Colson and T. Scudder Part 2: The Rural-Urban Flow of Language, Belief and Educational Opportunity 1. Continuity and Change in Kiganda Relision in Urban and Peri-Urban Kampala Peter Rigby and Fred D. Lule 2. Migration and Language Change: The Inter-Action of Town and Country Mubanga E. Kashoki 3. Movements of Schoolchildren and Provision of Secondary Schools in Uganda W. T. S. Gould Part 2: The Rural Links in Urban Settlement 1. Forms of Ethnic Linkage Between Town and Country Aidan Southall 2. Three Styles of Ethnic Migration in Kisenyi, Kampala Philip Halpenny 3. Migration and Language Change: The Inter-action of Town and Country Christine Obbo 4. Urban Squatters: Problem or Solution J. van Velsen 5. The Ecology of Social Types in Blantyre A. B. Chilivumbo 6. The Distribution of Migrants in Kampala M. A. Hirst

About the Editor

David Parkin's focus has been on East Africa where he has carried out a number of years' fieldwork among different peoples and in different ecologies: the Luo of western Kenya, the Giriama of eastern Kenya, and Swahili-speakers in Zanzibar and Mombasa. He has studied the growth of ethnically mixed urban populations in Kampala, Uganda, where his interest in Luo first started, and in Nairobi, where he developed more fully his interest in Luo.

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.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


Learn more…

Subject Categories

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