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Title:The State, Rural Class Formation and Peasant Political Participation in Zambia: The Case of Southern Province
Author:Momba, Jotham C.ISNI
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:popular participation
class formation
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722690
Abstract:This article analyses the relationship between rural class formation, particularly peasant differentiation, and the nature of peasant political participation in Zambia by taking Southern Province as a case study. Southern Province was chosen because by independence in 1964, economic differentiation among African cash crop producers was more developed than in any other province. Peasant differentiation entails the stratification of peasants into rich, middle and poor peasants. Peasant political participation from 1964 to date has been characterized by the dominant leadership role played by the rich peasants in which issues pertaining to cash crop production and cattle ownership have been predominant, while at the same time articulating all the other problems faced by the rural communities in general. However, a certain level of peasant harmony also exists, reflected by the absence of independent political actions and class contradictions that are caused by different class interests. This is because these cultivators are still members of one class, the peasantry. Notes, ref.