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Author Pierce, Steven, 1968-

Title Farmers and the state in colonial Kano : land tenure and the legal imagination / Steven Pierce
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 262 pages) : illustrations
Contents Land and government in Kano -- Gandu and the semantic imagination -- Inventing land tenure -- Succession and secrecy -- Litigation and the public -- Representation through taxation -- The governing fetish
Summary Steven Pierce examines issues surrounding the colonial state and the distribution of state power in northern Nigeria. Here, Pierce deconstructs the colonial state and offers a unique reading of land tenure that challenges earlier views of the role of indirect rule. According to Pierce, land tenure was the means the colonial government used to rule the local population and extract taxes from them, but it was also a political logic with a fundamental flaw and Western bias. In this sweeping and eloquent account of African history, readers will find an extended genealogy of land law and taxatio
Notes Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Michigan
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Agriculture and state -- Nigeria -- Kano.
Farmers -- Nigeria -- Kano -- Economic conditions.
Land tenure -- Government policy -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.
Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.
Land tenure -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.
Land use, Rural -- Government policy -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Africa.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005010908
ISBN 0253111544