Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano: Land Tenure and the Legal Imagination

Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano: Land Tenure and the Legal Imagination

by Steven Pierce

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Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano: Land Tenure and the Legal Imagination by Steven Pierce

In Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano, Steven Pierce examines issues surrounding the colonial state and the distribution of state power in northern Nigeria. Here, Pierce deconstructs the colonial state and offers a unique reading of land tenure that challenges earlier views of the role of indirect rule. According to Pierce, land tenure was the means the colonial government used to rule the local population and extract taxes from them, but it was also a political logic with a fundamental flaw and a Western bias. In Pierce’s view, colonial representations of land tenure claimed to reflect precolonial systems of rule, but instead, fundamentally misrepresented farmers’ experience. He maintains that this misrepresentation created a paradox at the core of the colonial state which persists into the present and helps to explain contemporary problems in African states. In this sweeping and eloquent account of African history, readers will find an extended genealogy of land law and taxation as well as rich material on the power of indigenous knowledge and the persistence of colonial systems of rule.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253346612
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Steven Pierce is Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University.

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