Peasants Against the State: The Politics of Market Control in Bugisu, Uganda, 1900-1983
by Stephen G. Bunker
University of Chicago Press, 1991
Paper: 978-0-226-08031-4
Library of Congress Classification HD984.Z8B843 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.349

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Stephen Bunker challenges the image of peasants as passive victims and argues that coffee growers in the Bugisu District of Uganda, because they own land and may choose which crops to produce, maintain an unusual degree of economic and political independence.

Focusing on peasant struggles for market control over coffee exports in Bugisu from colonial times through the reign and overthrow of Idi Amin, Bunker shows that these freeholding peasants acted collectively and used the state's dependence on coffee export revenues to effectively influence and veto government programs inimical to their interests.

Bunker's work vividly portrays the small victories and great trials of ordinary people struggling to control their own economic destiny while resisting the power of the world economy.

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