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Title:Class analysis and rural Africa: the Kenya Tea Development Authority
Author:Steeves, Jeffrey S.
Year:1978
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:16
Issue:1
Pages:123-132
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:tea
class formation
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159768
Abstract:Gavin Kitching ('The Concept of Class and the Study of Africa', in The African Review, 2 (1972), 3, p. 327-350) and Lionel Cliffe ('Rural Class Formation in East Africa', in The Journal of Peasant Studies, 4 (1977), 2, p. 195-224) have strongly argued for the recognition of the relevance of class analysis to rural African society. Both draw on a number of case studies to support their general understanding of the contemporary situation but they do not really capture the dynamics or the effect of schemes of development designed by independent African regimes on the process of class formation, nor does one learn of the attempts of those who do not participate in such programmes to defend and advance their interests. The author addresses these two shortcomings by analysing a major agricultural development effort which involved the introduction of tea as a cash crop for African smallholders. The research focused on a detailed examination of the organization concerned, namely the Kenya Tea Development Authority, supplemented by intensive fieldwork in six major tea-growing districts to determine the social structure of the farming community. Ref.
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