The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa: Cote d'Ivoire, 1880-1995

The Peasant Cotton Revolution in West Africa: Cote d'Ivoire, 1880-1995

by Thomas J. Bassett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521783135

ISBN-13: 9780521783132

Pub. Date: 05/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The development of the cotton economy in West Africa is an African success story. This enduring agricultural revolution was brought about by tens of thousands of small-scale peasant farmers. Drawing on archival research, oral histories, and long-term fieldwork on the small farms of northern Ivory Coast, this book places the rural African actors center stage and

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The development of the cotton economy in West Africa is an African success story. This enduring agricultural revolution was brought about by tens of thousands of small-scale peasant farmers. Drawing on archival research, oral histories, and long-term fieldwork on the small farms of northern Ivory Coast, this book places the rural African actors center stage and brings out the complex and manifold ways in which they shaped farming systems and influenced the government policies that brought the cotton economy into being, and sustained it from the 1880s to the 1990s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521783132
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
African Studies Series, #101
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The collision of empires, 1880–1911; 3. The uncaptured corvée, 1912–46; 4. Repackaging cotton, 1947–63; 5. Making cotton work, 1964–84; 6. 'To sow or not to sow': the extensification of cotton, gender politics, and rural mobilization, 1985–95; 7. Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography.

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