Book — 1 online resource (xii, 262 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
Contents<\> Preface Note on Orthography Introduction
Part 1. Looking for Land Tenure
1. Land and Government in Kano
2. Gandu and the Semantic Imagination
3. Inventing Land Tenure
Part 2. Looking Like a State
4. Succession and Secrecy
5. Litigation and the Public
6. Representation through Taxation
7. The Governing Fetish Glossary Notes Bibliography Index.
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In Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano, Steven Pierce examines issues surrounding the colonial state and the distribution of state power in northern Nigeria. Here, Pierce deconstructs the colonial state and offers a unique reading of land tenure that challenges earlier views of the role of indirect rule. According to Pierce, land tenure was the means the colonial government used to rule the local population and extract taxes from them, but it was also a political logic with a fundamental flaw and a Western bias. In Pierce's view, colonial representations of land tenure claimed to reflect precolonial systems of rule, but instead, fundamentally misrepresented farmers' experience. He maintains that this misrepresentation created a paradox at the core of the colonial state which persists into the present and helps to explain contemporary problems in African states. In this sweeping and eloquent account of African history, readers will find an extended genealogy of land law and taxation as well as rich material on the power of indigenous knowledge and the persistence of colonial systems of rule. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xvi, 212 pages) : illustrations, maps. Digital: data file.
Contents: Introduction-- The rise of the plantation economy-- Dark thoughts: reproducing whiteness in the tropics-- The quest to discipline estate labour-- The medical gaze and the spaces of bio-power-- Visualising crime in the coffee districts-- Landscapes of despair: the last years of coffee-- Conclusion-- Bibliography-- Index.
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In this original work James Duncan explores the transformation of Ceylon during the mid-nineteenth century into one of the most important coffee growing regions of the world and investigates the consequent ecological disaster which erased coffee from the island. Using this fascinating case study by way of illustration, In the Shadows of the Tropics reveals the spatial unevenness and fragmentation of modernity through a focus on modern governmentality and biopower. It argues that the practices of colonial power, and the differences that race and tropical climates were thought to make, were central to the working out of modern governmental rationalities. In this context, the usefulness of Foucault's notions of biopower, discipline and governmentality are examined. The work contributes an important rural focus to current work on studies of governmentality in geography and offers a welcome non-state dimension by considering the role of the plantation economy and individual capitalists in the lives and deaths of labourers, the destabilization of subsistence farming and the aggressive re-territorialization of populations from India to Ceylon. (source: Nielsen Book Data)