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The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal


The State Must Be Our Master of Fire: How Peasants Craft Culturally Sustainable Development in Senegal by University of California Press at Dream Africa H. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Over several centuries, the Serer of the Siin region of Senegal developed a complex system of land tenure that resulted in a stable rural society,


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Over several centuries, the Serer of the Siin region of Senegal developed a complex system of land tenure that resulted in a stable rural society, productive agriculture, and a well-managed ecosystem. Dennis Galvan tells the story of what happened when French colonial rulers, and later the government of the newly independent Senegal, imposed new systems of land tenure and cultivation on the Serer of Siin. Galvan's book is a painstaking and skillful autopsy of ruinous Western-style "rational" economic development policy forced upon a fragile, yet self-sustaining, society. It is also a disquieting demonstration of the general folly of such an approach and an attempt to articulate a better, more sensitive, and ultimately more productive model for change—a model Galvan calls "institutional syncretism."

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Manufacturer:University of California Press
Publisher:University of California Press
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EAN:9780520227781
Item Size:1 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
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