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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?