Cooperative Labor in Africa

Sun, 5 Mar 1995 18:46:22 -0500

I am presently working on a book on cooperative work parties (aka
beer parties, festive labor) and their role in capitalist
development in sub-Saharan Africa. I would like to hear from anyone
who has worked in Africa and has information on the mobilization and
use of work parties in their area (e.g., composition, frequency,
tasks used for, etc.). If you have references to an article or book
that includes a discussion/description of such work parties, I
would greatly appreciate receiving that information. I would
certainly be interested in any material on changes in communal
work patterns in response to cultivation of commercial crops or
new agricultural technologies (e.g., ox plows, tractors) and
possible linkage with the formation of cooperatives and political
protest groups.

Dana Farnham