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The politics of poverty (2019)

policy-making and development in rural Tanzania

in: African studies series

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Abstract

How is it that rural poverty in southern Tanzania appears both easy to explain and yet also mystifying? Why is it that 'development' is such a touchstone, when actual attempts at fostering development have been largely ephemeral and/or unpopular for decades? In this book, Felicitas Becker traces dynamics of rural poverty based on the exportation of foodstuffs rather than the better-known problems connected to exportation of migrant labour, and examines what has kept the development industry going despite its failure to break these dynamics. Becker argues that development planners often exaggerated their prospects to secure funding, repackaged old strategies as new to maintain their promise, and shifted blame onto rural Africans for failing to meet the expectations they had raised. But the rural poor, too, pursued conversations on the causes and morality of poverty and wealth. Despite their dependence and deprivation, officials found repeatedly that they could not take them for granted.

Keywords

Rural poor, Poverty, Food supply, Rural development, Political aspects, Tanzania

Languages

English

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781108496933, 9781108739245

Pages

378

DOI

10.1017/9781108690485

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