Groups, classes and peasant politics in Ghana and Papua New Guinea
This thesis is a study of the politics of the big peasant
class in Ghana and Papua New Guinea. The big peasants emerged from
pre-existent rural elites during the development of cash cropping
associated with the interaction between Ghanaian and Papua New Guinean
societies and the world economy. Some attempt is made to take account
of the diversity of local responses to that interaction.
The politics of the big peasantry was mainly group politics .
These groups were primarily parochial. They had national linkages
through brokers and reciprocal relationships with governmental personnel ,
particularly in agricultural extension services. It was not until
the 1950s that Ghanaian big peasants formed an interest group on the
national level. In Papua New Guinea big peasant interest associations
have yet to transcend provincial boundaries.
The arguments about the nature of the big peasants' socioeconomic
development and for group-oriented politics are elucidated in
a series of case studies of big peasant/group politics ill various locales. Two chapters, three and seven, provide a general introduction to the rural development of Gnana and Papua New Guinea and serve as background to the case studies.
An emphasis has been placed on the innovative, restless elements
of peasant character. The big peasants in Ghana and Papua New Guinea are
innovative for two reasons: an initial security based on the subsistence
affluence of their societies, and increasing awareness of their position
within a terminal development economy. The big peasants' entrepreneurial
activism is in fact a frenetic attempt to evade the reality that they are
in an economic cul de sac.
Papua New Guinea Social conditions; Papua New Guinea Economic conditions; Ghana Economic conditions; Ghana Social conditions
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Canberra - Australian National University
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