12 Nov

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the word peasant was formally defined by Eric Wolf, cultural anthropologist, who insisted that peasants were no more than “rural cultivators” whose surpluses are transferred to a dominant group of rulers who uses the surpluses to underwrite their own standard of living and in turn distributes the remainder to other groups in the society who do not farm, but need to be fed because they produce goods and services useful to the society as a whole