Land and languor: ethical imaginations of work and forest in northeast Madagascar

@article{Sodikoff2004LandAL,
  title={Land and languor: ethical imaginations of work and forest in northeast Madagascar},
  author={G. Sodikoff},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  year={2004},
  volume={15},
  pages={367 - 398}
}
  • G. Sodikoff
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • History and Anthropology
Since the early twentieth century, the practice of slash‐and‐burn agriculture by Betsimisaraka subsistence farmers of eastern Madagascar, and their reluctance to engage in wage labor processes, have been interpreted by French and other Malagasy people as symptoms Betsimisaraka laziness. Colonial officials’ idea of remedying Betsimisaraka laziness justified the imposition of wage work and forest conservation. The paper argues that colonial settlers, by conflating their vision of lazy labor and a… Expand
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