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Title:Agrarian populism in colonial and postcolonial Malawi
Author:Green, ErikISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:54
Issue:3
Pages:143-164
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:agricultural development
agricultural policy
colonial period
populism
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v054/54.3.green.pdf
Abstract:This article analyses continuity and change of the agrarian doctrine in colonial and postcolonial Malawi. It engages in a classic debate about images and policies concerning African farming. The article argues that the agrarian doctrine must be related to the broader notion of agrarian populism, more specifically to A.V. Chayanov's notion of the logic of the peasant family farm. Employing this broader approach allows a striking continuity of the agrarian doctrine to be revealed. Calls for changes of local institutions did not signify attempts to promote rural transformation, but contained strategies to increase the economic independence of the precapitalist family farm. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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