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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Contemporary perspectives on African moral economy
Editor:Kimambo, Isaria N.ISNI
City of publisher:Dar es Salaam
Publisher:Dar es Salaam University Press
ISBN:9976604653; 9789976604658
Geographic terms:Africa
subsistence economy
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This book contains revised versions of papers presented at a conference held at the University of Dar es Salaam on 18-20 August 2005, entitled 'Contemporary Perspectives on African Moral Economy'. Attention was focused on two main aspects of peasantry life: the right to subsistence and the norm of reciprocity. Starting point for the discussion was Goran Hyden's concept of 'economy of affection', which focuses on the behavioural characteristics of African peasants. Part 1, Objective and methodology of African moral economy, contains an introduction by Kazuhiko Sugimura, and chapters by Goran Hyden (The economy of affection: why the African peasantry remains uncaptured) and Tadasu Tsuruta (Between moral economy and economy of affection). Part 2, Moral economy on environment, deals with the way African communities employed the ideas of sharing (moral economy) in handling their scarce resources (Fanuel Shechambo on the case of 'ngitili' conservation areas in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania; S. Maghimbi on water, nomadism and the subsistence ethic in Maasailand (Kiteto District); Abu Mvungi on water management for irrigation in Mwanga District). Part 3, Moral economy of labour, focuses on the African traditional method of labour exchange for food security (Deborah Fahy Bryceson on 'ganyu' labour in rural Malawi; Soichiro Shiraishi on labour exchange among the Sabiny in Uganda; Kazuhiko Sugimura on 'kibarua' employment in Sagara society). Part 4 contains two examples from rural Ethiopia, an agricultural community (Keiichiro Matsumura) and a pastoral community (Hiroshi Matsuda). Endogenous development is discussed in part 5 by Kumiko Sakamoto (on Africa), and Deogratias F. Rutatora and Stephen J. Nindi (on the Matengo of Mbingi District, Tanzania). Finally, the contemporary relevance of moral economy is discussed by A. Robert Frouville. [ASC Leiden abstract]