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The Transformation of Rural Labour Systems in Colonial and Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria

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  • Kohnert, Dirk

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The 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 development 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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  • Kohnert, Dirk, 1986. "The Transformation of Rural Labour Systems in Colonial and Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 258-271.
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    1. Simmons, Emmy B., 1975. "The Small-Scale Rural Food-Processing Industry in Northern Nigeria," Food Research Institute Studies, Stanford University, Food Research Institute, issue 02.
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    Keywords

    labour systems; rural development; Nigeria; Africa; African History;

    JEL classification:

    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • F54 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Colonialism; Imperialism; Postcolonialism
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies

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