The Transformation of Rural Labour Systems in Colonial and Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria
Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 258-271, 1986
Posted: 21 Jun 2007
The study attempts to highlight the inter-relation 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 labor 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.
Keywords: political economy of development, labour systems, rural areas, economic history, Africa, colonialism, Nigeria
JEL Classification: F54, J21, J43, J61, J71, J81, J83, K31, N37, P16
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