Sudan [electronic resource] : the Gezira scheme and agricultural transition /
Tony Barnett and Abbas Abdelkarim.
London, England ; Portland, Or. : F. Cass, 1991.
vi, 137 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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London, England ; Portland, Or. : F. Cass, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 130-133) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-11:
Barnett and Abdelkarim have previously written extensively on the Gezira economic development project, which lies between the Blue and White Nile south of Khartoum in Sudan. Cotton is the main crop. Here, they provide a socioeconomic account of the project with a focus on the relations of production to describe the development of capitalism in the Sudan. The descendants of the laborers from Sudan and West Africa, who first flocked to this area in the late 1920s, are now demanding not only wage labor but the right to become sharecroppers, thereby gaining a portion of the wealth they have helped to create. The 98 pages of text plus 30 pages of appendixes are too skimpy to give the details required by the demands of the story. The authors rely heavily on secondary sources and seem to have made little effort to tap the vast potential offered by a systematic collection of data from the laborers themselves. The style is as turgid as readers of the literature on development have come to expect. References are adequate, the bibliography is extensive, and the index is useful. A nice feature of the book is the quantity and quality of the 54 tables. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-R. A. Corby, University of Arkansas at Monticello
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The authors propose that the Gezira scheme has played a paradoxical role in the capitalist transformation of the Sudan - reinforcing some non-capitalist production relations while at the same time acting as an engine for the peripheral capitalist development.

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