Peasant Intellectuals / Edition 1

Peasant Intellectuals / Edition 1

by Steven Feierman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299125246

ISBN-13: 9780299125240

Pub. Date: 02/19/1991

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Scholars who study peasant society now realize that peasants are not passive, but quite capable of acting in their own interests.  But, do coherent political ideas emerge within peasant society or do peasants act in a world where elites define political issues?  Peasant Intellectuals is based on ethnographic research begun in 1966 and includes interviews

Overview

Scholars who study peasant society now realize that peasants are not passive, but quite capable of acting in their own interests.  But, do coherent political ideas emerge within peasant society or do peasants act in a world where elites define political issues?  Peasant Intellectuals is based on ethnographic research begun in 1966 and includes interviews with hundreds of people from all levels of Tanzanian society.  Steven Feierman provides the history of the struggles to define the most basic issues of public political discourse in the Shambaa-speaking region of Tanzania.  Feierman also shows that peasant society contains a rich body of alternative sources of political language from which future debates will be shaped.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299125240
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/19/1991
Series:
Badger Reprint Edition Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Mapsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Introduction3
2Tribute and Dependency in Late Nineteenth-Century Shambaai46
3Healing the Land and Harming the Land69
4Alternative Paths to Social Health in the Precolonial Kingdom94
5Colonial Rule and the Fate of the Intellectuals120
6Royal Domination and Peasant Resistance, 1947-1957154
7The Struggle over Erosion Control: Women's Farming and the Polities of Subsistence181
8Gender, Slavery, and Chiefship: Peasant Attempts to Create an Alternative Discourse204
9Chiefs and Bureaucrats: Independence and the Fate of the Intellectuals223
10Rain in Independent Tanzania: A Drama Remembered but Not Performed245
Notes267
List of Interviews301
Bibliography311
Index331

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