Roads through Mwinilunga provides a historical appraisal of social change in Northwest Zambia from 1750 until the present. By looking at agricultural production, mobility, consumption, and settlement patterns, existing explanations of social change are reassessed. Using a wide range of archival and oral history sources, Iva Peša shows the relevance of Mwinilunga to broader processes of colonialism, capitalism, and globalisation. Through a focus on daily life, this book complicates transitions from subsistence to market production and dichotomies between tradition and modernity.
Roads through Mwinilunga is a crucial addition to debates on historical and social change in Central Africa.
Iva Peša, Ph.D. (2014), Leiden University, is a Research Associate in Environmental History at the University of Oxford. She has published extensively on Mwinilunga, including in
The Objects of Life in Central Africa (Brill, 2013).
'[...] I find Iva Peša’s new book praiseworthy and worthwhile reading for any scholar interested in both the larger theme of social change as well as the lesser topics that she covers." [...] Paul David Wilkin,
Anthropology Southern Africa, 43:1, 61-63
Acknowledgements List of illustrations
Paths to the Past: Continuity and Change in Mwinilunga, c. 1750s–1970s 2
Production: Crops, Meat, and Markets 3
Consumption: Goods, Wealth, and Meaning 5
Settlements and Social Change: Continuity and Change in Village Life
All those interested in the history of Central Africa, especially in aspects of agricultural production, mobility, consumption, and social change.