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Title:Social Differentiation in the Communal Lands of Zimbabwe
Authors:Cousins, BenISNI
Weiner, DanISNI
Amin, NickISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:social structure
social classes
communal lands
small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056249208703936
Abstract:While Zimbabwe's smallholder production expansion is well documented, very little is known about social differentiation in the communal lands where most black smallholders live. This article draws on a growing body of postindependence survey data, as well as the authors' research and field experiences, to analyse the structure and dynamics of communal land social differentiation. Utilizing a framework which focuses on reproduction and accumulation, four primary social classes are identified: petty-commodity producers; worker-peasants; lumpen semipeasants; and the rural petty bourgeoisie. The authors then propose specific processes which may promote and/or constrain rural class formation and speculate about possible impacts on communal land agrarian politics in the 1990s. Class categories and associated processes are presented as hypotheses for further investigation and discussion, rather than as firm research conclusions. Bibliogr., notes.