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No Condition is Permanent: The Social Dynamics of Agrarian Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Synopsis:

“No condition is permanent,” a popular West African slogan, expresses Sara S. Berry’s theme: the obstacles to African agrarian development never stay the same.  Her book explores the complex way African economy and society are tied to issues of land and labor, offering a comparative study of agrarian change in four rural economies in sub-Saharan Africa, including two that experienced long periods of expanding peasant production for export (southern Ghana and southwestern Nigeria), a settler economy (central Kenya), and a rural labor reserve (northeastern Zambia). 

    The resources available to African farmers have changed dramatically over the course of the twentieth century.  Berry asserts that the ways resources are acquired and used are shaped not only by  the incorporation of a rural area into colonial (later national) and global political economies, but also by conflicts over culture, power, and property within and beyond rural communities.  By tracing the various debates over rights to resources and their effects on agricultural production and farmers’ uses of income, Berry presents agrarian change as a series of on-going processes rather than a set of discrete “successes” and “failures.” 

    No Condition Is Permanent enriches the discussion of agrarian development by showing how  multidisciplinary studies of local agrarian history can constructively contribute to development policy.  The book is a contribution both to African agrarian history and to debates over the role of agriculture in Africa’s recent economic crises.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-251) and index.

About the Author

Sara S. Berry is professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.  She is the author of Fathers Work for their Sons: Accumulation, Mobility and Class Formation in an Extended Yoruba Community and Cocoa, Custom and Socio-economic Change in Rural Western Nigeria.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299139346
Author:
Berry, Sara
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Berry, Sara S.
Location:
Madison, Wis. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Economic aspects
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Agriculture and state
Subject:
Rural development
Subject:
Regional Planning
Subject:
Agriculture and state -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Agriculture - Economic aspects - Africa, Sub-
Subject:
Rural development -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Subject:
Business Writing
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
9358
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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“No condition is permanent,” a popular West African slogan, expresses Sara S. Berry’s theme: the obstacles to African agrarian development never stay the same.  Her book explores the complex way African economy and society are tied to issues of land and labor, offering a comparative study of agrarian change in four rural economies in sub-Saharan Africa, including two that experienced long periods of expanding peasant production for export (southern Ghana and southwestern Nigeria), a settler economy (central Kenya), and a rural labor reserve (northeastern Zambia). 

    The resources available to African farmers have changed dramatically over the course of the twentieth century.  Berry asserts that the ways resources are acquired and used are shaped not only by  the incorporation of a rural area into colonial (later national) and global political economies, but also by conflicts over culture, power, and property within and beyond rural communities.  By tracing the various debates over rights to resources and their effects on agricultural production and farmers’ uses of income, Berry presents agrarian change as a series of on-going processes rather than a set of discrete “successes” and “failures.” 

    No Condition Is Permanent enriches the discussion of agrarian development by showing how  multidisciplinary studies of local agrarian history can constructively contribute to development policy.  The book is a contribution both to African agrarian history and to debates over the role of agriculture in Africa’s recent economic crises.

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