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Farmers and the state in colonial Kano [electronic resource] : land tenure and the legal imagination / Steven Pierce.

By: Pierce, Steven, 1968-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xii, 262 p.) : ill.ISBN: 0253111544; 9780253111548.Subject(s): Land tenure -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History | Land tenure -- Government policy -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History | Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History | Land use, Rural -- Government policy -- Nigeria -- Kano -- History | Farmers -- Nigeria -- Kano -- Economic conditions | Agriculture and state -- Nigeria -- Kano | Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture | Grundeigentum | Kolonialverwaltung | Kano <Emirat> | Gro�britannienGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Farmers and the state in colonial Kano.DDC classification: 306.3/49/0966978 Other classification: LB 53529 | NQ 9410 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Land and government in Kano -- Gandu and the semantic imagination -- Inventing land tenure -- Succession and secrecy -- Litigation and the public -- Representation through taxation -- The governing fetish.
Summary: Steven Pierce examines issues surrounding the colonial state and the distribution of state power in northern Nigeria. Here, Pierce deconstructs the colonial state and offers a unique reading of land tenure that challenges earlier views of the role of indirect rule. According to Pierce, land tenure was the means the colonial government used to rule the local population and extract taxes from them, but it was also a political logic with a fundamental flaw and Western bias. In this sweeping and eloquent account of African history, readers will find an extended genealogy of land law and taxatio.
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Based on author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Michigan.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Land and government in Kano -- Gandu and the semantic imagination -- Inventing land tenure -- Succession and secrecy -- Litigation and the public -- Representation through taxation -- The governing fetish.

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Steven Pierce examines issues surrounding the colonial state and the distribution of state power in northern Nigeria. Here, Pierce deconstructs the colonial state and offers a unique reading of land tenure that challenges earlier views of the role of indirect rule. According to Pierce, land tenure was the means the colonial government used to rule the local population and extract taxes from them, but it was also a political logic with a fundamental flaw and Western bias. In this sweeping and eloquent account of African history, readers will find an extended genealogy of land law and taxatio.

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