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This book on the ethnographic study of the local agrarian clientelist relations established between female hosts and female migrants, demonstrates the way in which the historically and socially contingent nature of capitalist relations of agrarian production generates specific relations which are not just 'mediated through household forms of production' but also through community based forms of production. These community based forms of production are embedded within particular social institutions and influenced by local cultural ideologies and practices, such as that of karafoo (entrustment), in which people are entrusted to others for safe keeping. The book highlights the importance of the variety and heterogeneity of postcolonial capitalist agrarian relations and, particularly, of intra-gender differences to an understanding of these relations. The changing relations of agrarian production are reflected in the composition of the labour force.

Keywords: agrarian clientelist; karafoo; labour force



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