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The Politics of Poverty: Policy-Making and Development in Rural Tanzania

Felicitas Becker (Ghent University)
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Language
English
Series
African Studies Series
ISBN
9781108496933, 1108496938, 9781108756365
Summary
"How is it that rural poverty in southern Tanzania appears both easy to explain and yet also mystifying? Why is it that 'development' is such a touchstone, when actual attempts at fostering development have been largely ephemeral and/or unpopular for decades? In this book, Felicitas Becker traces dynamics of rural poverty based on the exportation of foodstuffs rather than the better-known problems connected to exportation of migrant labour, and examines what has kept the development industry going despite its failure to break these dynamics. Becker argues that development planners often exaggerated their prospects to secure funding, repackaged old strategies as new to maintain their promise, and shifted blame onto rural Africans for failing to meet the expectations they had raised. But the rural poor, too, pursued conversations on the causes and morality of poverty and wealth. Despite their dependence and deprivation, officials found repeatedly that they could not take them for granted"--
Contents
  • The end of slavery, famine, and food aid in Tunduru
  • Changing configurations of poverty in the colonial southeast and the myth of communalism
  • The struggle to trade
  • Independence and the rhetoric of feasibility
  • Villagisation and the pursuit of market access
  • The politics of development in the era of liberalisation
  • Performing and pursuing development in Kineng'ene.
Description
vi, 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-355) and index.
Series Statement
African studies series ; 143
Technical Details
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