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Title: Outside Development Interventions: People's Daily Actions among the Plateau Tonga of Zambia
Authors: ARAKI, Minako
Keywords: Rural livelihoods
Sharing Ideology
Plateau Tonga of Zambia
Issue Date: Dec-2001
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 22
Issue: 4
Start page: 195
End page: 208
Abstract: Outside of or without development initiatives, people make a living by using their complex web of relationships. As the matrilineal Tongas of Zambia have experienced external and internal changes since the beginning of the last century, the egalitarian society phrased as "economy of affection" has been transformed. This paper examines whether the Tonga "sharing ideology" still exists by looking at how people help each other in farming tasks such as ploughing, weeding, and harvesting. Throughout different household categories, class, and gender, people are still embedded in the wider social network based on kinship, neighbourhood and other relations, and support each other. Conflicts have also been observed at the interfaces of different people with different interests on such occasions as the sharing of benefits and settling inheritance.
DOI: 10.14989/68208
Appears in Collections:Vol.22 No.4

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