Chima J. Korieh is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Marquette University. He has published extensively in the areas of African social and economic history, colonialism, and gender.
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Land Has Changed, The
History, Society, and Gender in Colonial Eastern Nigeria
A century ago, agriculture was the dominant economic sector in much
of Africa. By the 1990s, however, African farmers had declining
incomes and were worse off, on average, than those who did not farm.
Colonial policies, subsequent "top-down" statism, and globalization
are usually cited as primary causes of this long-term decline. In
this unprecedented study of the Igbo region of southeastern Nigeria,
Chima Korieh points the way to a more complex and inclusive approach
to this issue. Using agricultural change as a lens through which to
view socioeconomic and cultural change, political struggle, and
colonial hegemony, Korieh shows that regional dynamics and local
responses also played vital roles in this era of transformation.
British attempts to modernize the densely populated Igbo
region were focused largely on intensive production of palm oil for
export and on the assumption of male dominance within a conventional
western hierarchy. This colonial agenda, however, collided with a
traditional culture in which females played important roles and male
status was closely tied to yam cultivation. Drawing on an astonishing
array of sources, including oral interviews, newspapers, private
journals, and especially letters of petition from local farmers and
traders, Korieh puts the reader in direct contact with ordinary
people, evoking a feeling of what it was like to live through the era.
University of Calgary Press
Illustrations, map, figures, tablesAfrica:
Missing Voices series, No. 6U.S. distribution
300 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", January 2010
Illustrations, map, figures, tablesAfrica: Missing Voices series, No. 6U.S. distribution
300 pp., 6 " x 9 ", January