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Swaziland: Contemporary Social and Economic Issues

Edited By: Peter G Forster

369 pages, no illustrations


Hardback | Aug 2000 | #113039 | ISBN: 1840143312
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Information on socio-economic issues in contemporary Swaziland is not always readily accessible. This work aims to fill that gap, especially by including research-based contributions by Swazi scholars. Swaziland is of particular interest in respect of, for example: issues of culture and development, especially gender and fertility; the special characteristics of small states; and regional development in Southern Africa. Swaziland faces some problems found generally in developing areas, but others are distinctive. The cultural dimension to development is given particularly close attention throughout.


Part 1 National security and stability: Swaziland's security concerns in a changed South Africa; Swazi civil religion. Part 2 Family, gender and household: women, law and development in Swaziland - an overview of the impact of de jure discrimination against women; meeting the needs of youth in national development policy and its legal implications in Swaziland; social stability through domestic relations - a critique of Swaziland's Marriage Act 1964; women's empowerment and income generation - the case of Swaziland; gender disparities in agriculture in Swaziland. Part 3 Development - urban and rural: community participation in urban planning and development; the evolution of the urban informal sector in Swaziland; agrarian structure, productivity and environmental protection in Swaziland; agricultural extension in Swaziland - prospects and pitfalls; environmental issues in the sustainable development of Swaziland. Part 4 Development in health and education: unemployment in Swaziland - focus upon school-leavers; education for development in the 21st century; determinants of childhood mortality - variation in Swaziland; women and health - the case of Swaziland.

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