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Food Insecurity and the Social Division of Labour in Tanzania, 1919–85


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Food Supply in Pre-Industrial Societies

  3. The Peasant Household, the Environment and Food Insecurity, 1919–85

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 38-43
    3. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 44-51
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 52-55
  4. Extra-Household Social Institutions and Food Insecurity: State, Market and Clientage Networks, 1919–50

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 59-64
    3. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 65-70
    4. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 71-75
    5. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 76-87
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 88-89
  5. Wage-Labour Force Food Demand and Supply Arrangements, 1919–50

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 93-114
    3. Deborah Fahy Bryceson
      Pages 115-124
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 125-127

About this book


Most studies of famine and the African food crisis stress how the socio-economic context influences the occurrence of food shortages. By contrast, this book argues that food insecurity itself influences the social and economic organization of the society. Through this approach, the author provides a new interpretation of the causes and consequences of Tanzania's present economic crisis. The book examines the effects of changing food availability on the functioning of the state, the market and clientage networks, over the past seven decades. The conclusion is that clientage is no less important than the state and market as an organizational force in Tanzanian society, and, under heightened food insecurity, the state and market lose ground to clientage.


Africa crisis social change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Elizabeth HouseUniversity of OxfordUK

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