Dual Class Formation and Agrarian Underdevelopment: An Analysis of the Articulation of Production Relations in Upper Volta

Using data on parastatal river valley agro-enterprises in Upper Volta and in particular the Autorit des Amnagements des Valles des Volta (AW), the author analyses the influences of donor investments upon the distribution of control over land, and seeks thereby to increase understanding of class formation in West Africa. Analysis is on two levels. First, dependence on donor investment is shown to facilitate the emergence of state and private class relations. Secondly, this dual class-formation process is itself explained as an articulation of state, private, and domestic production relations consequent upon core colonial and neo-colonial expanded reproduction tactics. The conclusion explores the significance of these findings for the suggestion that under-development is a stage in the articulation of capitalist and non-capitalist modes where the latter modes are preserved. Notes, sum. in French.

Title:Dual Class Formation and Agrarian Underdevelopment: An Analysis of the Articulation of Production Relations in Upper Volta
Author:Reyna, Stephan P.
Year:1983
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Volume:17
Issue:2
Pages:211-233
Language:English
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/484214
Abstract:Using data on parastatal river valley agro-enterprises in Upper Volta and in particular the Autorit des Amnagements des Valles des Volta (AW), the author analyses the influences of donor investments upon the distribution of control over land, and seeks thereby to increase understanding of class formation in West Africa. Analysis is on two levels. First, dependence on donor investment is shown to facilitate the emergence of state and private class relations. Secondly, this dual class-formation process is itself explained as an articulation of state, private, and domestic production relations consequent upon core colonial and neo-colonial expanded reproduction tactics. The conclusion explores the significance of these findings for the suggestion that under-development is a stage in the articulation of capitalist and non-capitalist modes where the latter modes are preserved. Notes, sum. in French.