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TitleGovernment and Rural Development in East Africa [electronic resource] : Essays on Political Penetration / edited by L. Cliffe, J. S. Coleman, M. R. Doornbos
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1977
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Descript 344 p. online resource


The gestation period of this collection has been lengthy even by academic stanยญ dards. Some of our long-suffering contributors prepared their original drafts for a workshop held in Nairobi in 1967, and although they have all up-dated their contributions they are still essentially reporting on research conducted in the late 1960s. However, we feel that their various findings and analyses of the issues they respectively treat have a continuing validity in our comprehension of the problem of rural development. Other contributions reporting on more recent work have been incorporated at different times since, most of them not commissioned especially for this symposium but all adding something to our understanding of the problem. The slow accumulation of material which makes up this fmal collection parallels an evolution in our own collective thinking, if indeed not that of most students of 'development' over the past decade. The progression has not been towards fmal clarification of the complex and changing East African realities, nor towards formulation of an accepted model for their analysis; rather, it has been marked by the questioning of the initial, somewhat simplistic assumptions with which some of us started out and a continuing debate and widening polarยญ ization of views about the significance of that process of government 'peneยญ tration' of the rural areas which is our focus, about the positive or negative value of 'development' policies in East Africa and, indeed, about the appropriยญ ate theoretical approaches to the study of 'development' in general


I. Introduction โ{128}{152}Penetrationโ{128}{153} and the East African Context -- The Concept of Political Penetration -- โ{128}{152}Penetrationโ{128}{153} and Rural Development in the East African Context -- II. The Colonial Legacy and the Dynamics of Political Control -- Teso in Transformation: colonial penetration in Teso District, Eastern Uganda, and its contemporary significance -- Local Participation in National Politics: Ugugo, Tanzania -- The Legitimacy of the Uganda Government in Buganda -- III. Institutions and Strategies for Rural Development -- Creating and Expanding Organizations for Rural Development -- Economics, Incentives and Development Penetration -- Leadership and Institutions for Rural Development: a case study of Nzega District -- IV. District Politics and Rural Transformation -- Promoting Agrarian Change: penetration and response in Murangโ{128}{153}a, Kenya -- Political Engineering and Social Change: a case study of Bukoba District, Tanzania -- Improving Nutrition in Bukedi District, Uganda -- V. The Dynamics of Rural Societies -- Staff Kulaks and Peasants: a study of a political field -- The Social Structure of the Agricultural Extension Services in the Western Province of Kenya -- Legitimacy and Coercion in Bena Politics and Development -- A Low Status Group in Centre-Periphery Relations: Mbai Sya Eitu -- VI. Conclusion -- Recurring Penetration Strategies in East Africa

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