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Title:'Ṭkana': the collapse of the rural Malagasy community
Author:Marcus, Richard R.
Year:2008
Periodical:African Studies Review
Volume:51
Issue:1
Pages:85-104
Language:English
Geographic term:Madagascar
Subjects:community participation
associations
rural areas
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v051/51.1.marcus.pdf
Abstract:Madagascar is often cited as an example of a country with a long history of local institutional strength and stalwart community participation in the decisionmaking process. Yet this strong sense of community has been largely eroded by external force and internal decay. There is now, in many places, a popular sentiment that people are not part of a community acting together, but rather are alone ('ṭkana'). This article explores the crisis of community life in southern Madagascar, particularly the changed nature of community involvement. Associational life is in decline - a result not only of challenging economic conditions, but also of eroded social norms, as the rulemaking institutions of the past have been replaced by the loose guidelines of the present. This situation, which has the potential of exacerbating economic problems, is also likely to have grievous political and ecological consequences. The research for the article was conducted predominantly in the Amboasary district northwest of Tolagnaro. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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