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The discourse of dependency and the agrarian roots of welfare doctrines in Africa : The case of Botswana

Seekings, Jeremy

In:, 2017, vol. 2, no. 2, p. Article: 2.4

Political elites across much of Africa have criticized welfare programmes and the idea of a welfare state for fostering dependency. Anxiety over dependency is not unique to East or Southern Africa, but the discourse of dependency in countries such as Botswana differs in important respects to the discourses of dependency articulated in some industrialised societies (notably the USA). This paper...