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Weeks, John and Jamal, Vali (1993) Africa Misunderstood or Whatever Happened to the Rural-urban Gap? London: Macmillan. (The Macmillan series of ILO studies)

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In the past African economies were (and sometimes are even now) depicted as suffering from "urban bias", which strangled the agricultural sector and eventually caused the "African crisis". Based on ten detailed case studies, this book questions that stereotype and shows the dramatic reversal in the relative positions of farmers and wage-earners in the recent past. The implications for standard adjustment programmes and urban survival strategies are discussed. Vali Jamal is the editor of a special issue of the "International Labour Review" (vol 127, no 6) on food security in Africa, and co-author of "Tunisia: Rural Labour and Structural Transformation".

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9780333588901
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2009 16:40

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