The Transformation of Rural Labour Systems in Colonial and Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria
AbstractThe study attempts to highlight the interrelation between three central points in the ongoing debate on the political economy of development: viability, surplus, and class-formation. A case study of the develop¬ment of rural labour systems in Northern Nigeria is meant to provide both a better qualitative and quantitative idea of this interrelation. After an analysis of the socio-economic effects of forced and bonded labour during colonial times, the articulation of different systems of family and non-family labour has been investigated. Class-specific effects of labour and capital input do even result in an increasing use of communal labour by rich and middle peasants after the Nigerian Civil War: its form remains, but its content changes fundamentally. The socio-economic and material base for small-scale peasant subsistence production has been gradually destroyed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 5722.
Date of creation: 1986
Date of revision: 2007
Publication status: Published in Journal of Peasant Studies 4.13(1986): pp. 258-271
political economy of development; labour systems; rural areas; economic history; Africa; colonialism; Nigeria;
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