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Title:Village segmentation and class formation in Southern Malawi
Author:Kandawire, J.A.K.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:population density
class formation
land scarcity
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159007
Abstract:What are the implications of group segmentation on a relatively fixed piece of land in the face of increasing population? The author analyses these implications in the context of Southern Malawi. Statistically, the process of group segmentation may vary according to the availability of habitable land. Historically, processes 'leading to the formation of classes can be discerned and related to changing modes of production - domestic husbandry, domestic slavery and capitalism. At the local level there is evidence which shows that as land becomes increasingly scarce, relative to population growth, village disputes over land illuminate the traditional structure of inequalities, while the contradiction between population growth and land shortage inevitably leads to class formation. Maps, notes, ref., tab., French sum.