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Title:Rural Households in Emerging Societies: Technology and Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Haswell, MargaretISNI
Hunt, DianaISNI
Notes:New York: Berg Publishers. St. Martin's Press
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:rural development
rural households
Cultural Roles
Family Life
Development and Technology
Abstract:The constantly altering circumstances of rural life in sub-Saharan Africa have brought with them both successes and failures. The essays in this volume examine the various pressures and inducements to changing resource-use patterns faced by rural households, and explore the two-way causal relationship between technology and technological change on the one hand and other key elements of rural change - demographic, environmental, economic, social and political - on the other. Contemporary approaches to the introduction of technical innovations are examined and new approaches are proposed in part I (contributions by Paul Richards, Robert Chambers and Camilla Toulmin, Diana Hunt, and Paul Starkey). Through case studies of particular communities, the wide-ranging impacts of past experiences are assessed, and the causes and consequences of indigenous intitiatives are explored. These case studies, in part II, are by Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, (Guinea Bissau), Camilla Toulmin (Mali), Margaret Haswell (The Gambia), Josephine Wanja Harmsworth (Uganda), Angela Cheater (Zimbabwe), and Domien Bruinsma and Robert Nout (food processing).