African households and prospects for agricultural revival in Sub-Saharan Africa, Working Paper 2/91
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African households and prospects for agricultural revival in Sub-Saharan Africa

Working Paper 2/91

Coédition NENA/CODESRIA

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The relationship between development and historical traditions has pervaded
theories of social development since the 19th century. This has been
particularly true of the transformation of agrarian societies, as is shown by
the great debates that centered on the future of the mir in Russia, the
transition from feudalism to capitalism in western Europe, the incorporation
of the Indian communities in the Americas into the capitalist system and by
the controversy surrounding the so-called Asiatic mode of production in the
Orient. What is striking about all these theories is that not only are they
historical but also have a very strong geo-social referent However, this has
not deterred most students of African societies from employing the same geo-
social analogies in their analysis of the transformations that have occurred
on the continent since the advent of colonialism. In this respect
modernization and diffusionist theories of the 1950s and 1960s should be seen
as nothing else but cruder culturalist (and imperialist) versions of classical
European theories. In consequence those concerned (including colonized
Africans) can be accused of having willfully ignored the specificity of the
African geo-social context...
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