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The Commercialization of Agriculture and the Rise of Rural Political Protest in Black Africa

Bates, Robert H. (1978) The Commercialization of Agriculture and the Rise of Rural Political Protest in Black Africa. Social Science Working Paper, 237. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Throughout the developing world, the commercialization of agriculture has been highly ambiguous in its effects. On the one hand, it has brought prosperity to rural farm families. On the other, it has produced political grievances and generated social conflict. These paradoxical consequences have been as true in Africa as they have elsewhere in the developing world. In this essay, I look at the relationship between the commercialization of agriculture and the rise of political protest, in that continent. And I do so by addressing the question: Why would rural dwellers find it reasonable to demand political action in support of their efforts to make themselves economically better off by seeking to take advantage of commercial markets for their products?

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:This paper was written with the support of National Science Foundation grant number NSF 4 SOC77-08573. The National Science Foundation is in no way responsible for the contents of this the paper. Published in Food, Politics, and Agricultural Development, edited by Raymond Hopkins, Donald Puchala, and Rose Talbot. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1979.
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