The struggle over land in Africa : Conflicts, politics and change

Anseeuw Ward, Alden Chris. 2010. The struggle over land in Africa : Conflicts, politics and change. Cape Town : HSRC Press, 301 p. ISBN 978-0-7969-2322-6

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Abstract : Présentation de l'éditeur : Land issues and conflicts occur all over, all the time on the African continent and continue to mushroom on a continuous basis. Although many of these issues are not new, they do continue to change and are extremely complex and embedded, which may lead to the inability to deal with them and to questioning the legitimacy of the forms of intervention and prevention of conflicts. The way in which these issues are dealt with often does not take into consideration their major - and thus potentially recurring - causes. The Struggle over Land in Africa: Conflicts, Politics and Change is a compelling study which analyses the role of land as a place and source of conflict, especially with regard to policy development, crisis management and post-war/post-conflict reconstruction. The author's main aim is to gain insight into the nature of policy-making concerning land and to delve into the underlying causes of these land issues, not only at national level but also in terms of broader Africa. The book covers land issues in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, northern Cameroon, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Some of the themes explored in this powerful volume include: Ethnic and indigenous land conflicts, Traditionalism versus modernity, renewed land interests, land use and conflict, state building, politics and land (for example Agricultural land reform); land policy development, planning, inclusiveness/non-inclusiveness; and regional scopes of land conflicts and changing norms

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Politique foncière, Utilisation des terres, Groupe éthnique, Droit foncier, Sociologie, Gestion foncière

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique, Kenya, Rwanda, Afrique du Sud, Cameroun, Mozambique, République démocratique du Congo, République-Unie de Tanzanie, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibie

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
E50 - Rural sociology
E51 - Rural population

Axe stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Editeurs scientifiques et affiliations

  • Anseeuw Ward, CIRAD-ES-UPR Politiques et marchés (ZAF)

Contributeurs et affiliations

  • Alden Chris, LSE (GBR) - collaborateur

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