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Fertility and Household Labour in Tanzania Demography, Economy and Society in Rufiji District, c.1870-1986 by Matthew Lockwood
  

Fertility and Household Labour in Tanzania Demography, Economy and Society in Rufiji District, c.1870-1986

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Fertility and Household Labour in Tanzania Demography, Economy and Society in Rufiji District, c.1870-1986 by Matthew Lockwood

This book is an interdisciplinary study of the way in which human reproduction interweaves with the reproduction of society and economy in coastal Tanzania. Combining demography, history, and sociology, and with a breadth of theoretical discussion and empirical detail, it offers a new methodology for the study of African fertility and the role of household demography in agrarian economies. Part I provides a political economy of changing fertility. Demographic patterns are situated within the wider social and economic context, in particular the transformation of marriage in relation to kinship and local political structures, and child-spacing dynamics rooted in the moral exonomy of gender. In Part II, the author examines the implications of demographic patterns for people's work-loads and economic fortunes at the individual and household level. Based on extensive field-work in a Tanzanian village, the analysis shows the importance of women's involvement in rice cultivation, and the fluidity of life cycles.

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This empirically grounded study provides valuable insight into village-level demographics in an East African community and a highly logical critique of conventional demographic theory ... a valuable addition to the contemporary literature on Tanzania and to theories of the peasant household. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 1998

Author

Matthew Lockwood

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Format

Hardback
216 pages

Categories

Population & demography
Communication studies
Sociology: work & labour

Development studies

ISBN

9780198287544

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