KOSSOYE: A Village Life In Ethiopia

ISBN: 1569023247

This fascinating and relevant interdisciplinary book is the result of personal histories of service and research that have now spanned nearly five decades. More specifically, it explores life in an Ethiopian village over the course of five generations. The first generation arrived in 1945 with the idea of establishing a town on the road built by the Italians. They also greeted Haile Sellasie in 1965 when he camped next to their village with his guest, Queen Elizabeth II. The second generation built the first elementary school and rectangular houses. The third and four generations experienced the trauma of war and a Marxist revolution. The fifth generation, born since the fall of Mengistu in 1991, lives in a growing town with businesses, electricity, a health post, access to public transportation, and an elementary school with 1300 students. Drawing upon health and population surveys, maps, and ethnographic analyses collected between 1963 and 2007, this book explores development initiatives in Kossoye since the 1960s. Over time, the authors discovered that goals and strategies in the village changed, and the results have been mixed. Access to education has had a profound influence, especially on the status of women. Rapid population growth has severely reduced land holdings and consequently, the food security of the fourth and fifth generations. The sixth and future generations will face challenges unlike any faced by their ancestors. This is one of those rare books that traces the social and economic development and cultural transformation of an Ethiopian community over the past half-century. The authors have skillfully blended first-hand accounts of the lives of some of the social innovators with relevant insights into the major political, cultural, economic and demographic changes that have shaped the community as it exists today. This provides a good introduction for any reader interested in how development processes shape and reshape communities over time, particularly in the African context. --Henry Mosley, Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health A rich and humane history of an Ethiopian community's encounter with public health, revolution, and the political, cultural, and economic consequences of 'development.' Highly recommended. ----James L.A. Webb, Jr., author of Humanity's Burden: A Global History of Malaria

Product details

  • Publisher : The Red Sea Press, INc.; First edition (February 3, 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1569023247
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1569023242
  • Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.67 x 8.39 inches
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