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Title:Marxing the Agrarian, Cultivating Marxisms: Introduction
Author:Pfeifer, Kimberly
Periodical:African Rural and Urban Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Abstract:This article is an introduction to a special issue devoted to the revival of the Marxist question, giving particular attention to the relevance of Marxisms to agrarian issues and change surrounding the peasantry in Africa. The article summarizes the work of some Marxist thinkers on agrarian issues and presents a brief sketch of the contributions to the present volume, by Kimberly Pfeifer, Goran Hyden, Catherine Elkins, Dennis Galvan and Michael J. Watts. Though they differ in their conclusions about the analytical value of Marxism in the contemporary African agrarian context, they all highlight the presence of a complex and/or hybrid countryside where interaction with some form of capitalist activity is virtually unavoidable. In conclusion, Sara Berry offers a critical commentary, noting the importance of including social structures in an analysis of agrarian issues as a common theme binding the contributions. Bibliogr., notes.