Is this a 'farmer' or a 'peasant'? It's not an idle question. (Photo/ DFAT/ Stephen Morrison)

Is The Term ‘Peasant’ Derogatory? What A Word Can Tell Us About A Country’s Political Imagination

I find the word ‘peasant’ to describe a rural subsistence farmer very jarring, yet my Ugandan friends use it quite casually. What’s going on?

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Until 1975, the country we now call Benin was known as the Republic of Dahomey. (Photo/ Footysphere)

What A Name Change Has To Do With National Identity, Even Democracy And Dictatorship

The country with the most name changes what we now call the Democratic Republic of the Congo; it is (probably) not a coincidence that the nation has suffered decades of dictatorship, war, plunder and pillage