Cutting Down Trees
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304 Pages

22.7 x 14.2 cm

7 b/w. 5 line. Illustrations

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey

Cutting Down Trees

Gender, Nutrition and Agricultural Change in the Northern Province of Zambia, 1890-1990

by Henrietta L. Moore and Megan Vaughan

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Herskovits Prize Winner
What are the problems of rural food supply in southern Africa today and how have they arisen historically? In part this book is a reconstruction of an African agricultural system over one hundred years; in part it is an examination of the construction of knowledge about a rural African people. The first half of the book focuses on the chitemene agricultural system of the Bemba known as slash and burn. The authors show that chitemene involves a great deal more than the cutting and burning of trees. The second half addresses the question of labour migration and its effects on the agricultural production of the area, re-visiting the colonial debate with new evidence.
The authorsprovide a critical re-assessment of Audrey Richards' classic work, Land, Labour and Diet: An Economic Study of the Bemba Tribe and assess the ecological, social and political impact on a rural society undergoing rapid change.

North America: Heinemann
"...shatters some conventional wisdom about agricultural strategies and migrant labor.ory, politics, culture, and economy over a century, relating national and regional changes to intimate aspects of daily life. It is not only largely successful in this, but also makes an important methodological and theoretical contribution to understandings of gender and agrarian change." Melissa Leach, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"Relationships among male labor migration, food production, and household nutrition will be of special interest to development professionals and students of gender relations and environmental management." CHOICE
"... the more flowing parts of this book read like Babette's feast." Patricia Hayes, GENDER & HISTORY

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9780852556122

January 1994

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Title Details

304 Pages

2.27 x 1.42 cm

7 b/w. 5 line. Illustrations

Series: Social History of Africa

Imprint: James Currey