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Agrarian Populism in Colonial and Postcolonial Malawi

Publiceringsår: 2011
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 143-164
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: African Studies Review
Volym: 54
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: African Studies Association


This article analyses continuity and change of the agrarian doctrine in colonial and postcolonial Malawi. It engages in a classic debate about images and polices concerning African farming. The article argues that the agrarian doctrine must be related to the broader notion of agrarian populism, more specifically to 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.


  • Economic History


  • ISSN: 0002-0206

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