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Focussing on a Fieldwork study of the West Usambaras in Tanzania, this study, first published in 1990, deals with processes of class formation and capitalist accumulation, and the dynamics of rural poverty and gender relations. Arguing that rural differentiation is systematically reinforced by the socialist state, the authors offer a critique of government intervention and discuss alternative, more effective forms of policy.
1. Introduction 2. Methodology 3. The Characteristics of the Rural Poor 4. The Nature of the Labour Supply 5. The Nature of the Accumulation Process 6. Constraints on Accumulation in Tanzania 7. Afterword: Backward Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy