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Author Korieh, Chima J. (Chima Jacob), 1962-

Title The land has changed : history, society and gender in colonial Eastern Nigeria / Chima J. Korieh
Published Calgary : University of Calgary Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xix, 370 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits
Series Africa : missing voices series, 1703-1826 ; no. 6
Africa, missing voices series ; no. 6.
Contents Introduction : perspectives, setting, sources -- "We Have Always Been Farmers" : society and economy at the close of the nineteenth century -- Pax Britannica and the development of agriculture -- Gender and colonial agricultural policy -- Peasants, depression, and rural revolts -- The Second World War, the rural economy, and Africans -- The African elite, agrarian revolution, and sociopolitical change, 1954-80 -- On the brink : agricultural crisis and rural survival
Summary "A century ago, agriculture was the dominant economic sector in much of Africa. By the 1990s, however, African farmers had declining incomes and were worse off, on average, than those who did not farm. Colonial policies, subsequent 'top-down' statism, and globalization are usually cited as primary causes of this long-term decline. In this unprecedented study of the Igbo region of southeastern Nigeria, author Chima Korieh points the way to a more complex and inclusive approach to this issue. Using agricultural change as a lens through which to view socio-economic and cultural change, political struggle, and colonial hegemony, Korieh shows that regional dynamics and local responses also played vital roles in this era of transformation. British attempts to modernize the densely populated Igbo region were focused largely on intensive production of palm oil as a cash crop for export and on the assumption of male dominance within a conventional western hierarchy. This colonial agenda, however, collided with a traditional culture in which females played important social and political roles and male status was closely tied to yam cultivation. Drawing on an astonishing array of sources, including oral interviews, newspapers, private journals, and especially letters of petition from local farmers and traders, Korieh puts the reader in direct contact with ordinary people, evoking a feeling of what it was like to live through the era. As such, the book reveals colonial interactions as negotiated encounters between officials and natives and challenges simplistic notions of a hegemonic colonial state and a compliant native population."--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Igbo (African people) -- Agriculture -- History
Women, Igbo -- Social conditions
Igbo (African people) -- History
Igbo (African people) -- Economic conditions
Igbo (African people) -- Social conditions
Agriculture -- Nigeria, Eastern -- History
Agriculture -- Social aspects -- Nigeria, Eastern -- History
Agriculture and state -- Nigeria, Eastern -- History
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Agriculture & Food.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Developing & Emerging Countries.
Agriculture and state
Agriculture -- Social aspects
British colonies
Igbo (African people)
Igbo (African people) -- Agriculture
Igbo (African people) -- Economic conditions
Igbo (African people) -- Social conditions
Women, Igbo -- Social conditions
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa.
Eastern Nigeria
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010285846
ISBN 9781552384961