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Title:The Changing Role of Small Towns in the Agrarian Structure of East Africa
Author:Vincent, Joan
Periodical:Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:small towns
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Abstract:This article examines some of the structural characteristics of small towns in the framework of rural society in East Africa. The author's argument is that the distinctive political features of small towns can be understood only in terms of the part which they play in linking the capital to the countryside, and that the contemporary politics of African nations can effectively be studied in small towns. The situational analysis of political interaction which the small town setting ideally affords is not enough; the empirical reality in analysis must be viewed as one of structural flux. Towards this aspect of small town politics, rather than to questions of formal political structure, this article is directed: The social composition of the small town - The political field of the small town - Men in motion - The marginality of small town politics - Conclusion. Notes.