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Author Pierce, Steven
Title Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano : Land Tenure and the Legal Imagination
Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2005
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Note Cover -- 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
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
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Pierce, Steven Farmers and the State in Colonial Kano : Land Tenure and the Legal Imagination Bloomington : Indiana University Press,c2005 9780253346612
Subject Land tenure -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.;Land tenure -- Government policy -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.;Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.;Land use, Rural -- Government policy -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History.;Farmers -- Nigeria -- Kano -- Economic conditions.;Agriculture and state -- Nigeria -- Kano.;Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa
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