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ISBN: 0813338727Издательство: Westview Press
Explores the activities of seasonal migrants in the changing geography of the African Sahel, revealing the underlying story behind the headlines of African famine and drought, and unraveling the dynamics behind population, environment, and poverty. The first book-length treatment of the subject, Eaters of the Dry Season explores the changing geography of seasonal mobility in the critical region of the African Sahel. Author David Rain focuses on the strategies and the stories of migrants in Maradi, a border town in southern Niger, against a contextual backdrop of demographic, ecological, and political-economic changes in the region. The author finds that instead of being desperate harbingers of future disorder, seasonal migrants are simply resourceful-andsometimes restless-people who realize the benefits of spreading interests and activities around. In the words of one migrant, some people "just like it better going away." In this illuminating new work on the geography of poverty,...