The University of Wisconsin Press
Sociology / African Studies / History
African Population and Capitalism
Dennis D. Cordell and Joel W. Gregory
New Foreword by Samir Amin, and new editor's note
"An admirable synthesis of case studies and theory, [it] takes issue with established African demographic theory, emphasizing that demography is an historical process, a permanent and varied adaptation to social and economic change. . . . This book represents a new step in our knowledge."
—Catharine Coquery-Vidrovitch, Cahiers d'études africaines
This is the first paperback edition of Cordell and Gregory's classic collection of case studies on African historical demography. The contributors cover twenty African societies representing all the major regions of sub-Saharan Africa, examining not only the effects of slavery, colonialism, and capitalism on each, but also the resistance and resilience of indigenous African institutions and individuals.
"A powerful addition to the literature. . . . With the publication of this book no one can claim that only the present (post-1960) can be studied in Africa. Likewise no one can claim that colonialism was a demographically benign process which reduced mortality . . . and no one can be excused for failing to understand the underlying effect of long term trends in labour migration on development, notably that of southern Africa."—Ian Pool, Review of African Political Economy
"At several points [this collection] touches on the most important problem in modern African history . . . it is important because it is the first collective attack on what might be called the natalist interpretation of African history."—John Iliffe, Journal of African History
Dennis D. Cordell is associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University and adjunct professor of demography at the Université de Montréal. Joel W. Gregory (1944–1988) was professor of demography at the Université de Montréal.
LC: 93-039164 HB
304 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Both the cloth and the paper edition are out of print.
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