Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa (e-bok)
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Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa (e-bok)

Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa E-bok

Natives and Strangers

E-bok (EPUB - DRM), Engelska, 2013-07-05
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An ethnographic study of issues of land rights, property regimes, and ethnicity in West Africa.Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa explores how rural populations have secured, contested, and negotiated access to land and how they have organized their communities despite being constantly on the move as farmers or migrant laborers. Carola Lentz seeks to understand how those who claim native status hold sway over others who are perceived to have come later. As conflicts over land, agriculture, and labor have multiplied in Africa, Lentz shows how politics and power play decisive roles in determining access to scarce resources and in changing notions of who belongs and who is a stranger."e;Illuminates the distinctive historical trajectory of land claims, authority, and belonging among the Dagara and Sisala peoples of the Black Volta region, and locates this specific case history within broader debates over transformation in access, use, and control over land in colonial and postcolonial Africa."e; -Sara Berry, Johns Hopkins University"e;Important in the sense that it constitutes a detailed historical study of how complex narratives of belonging and notions of property interlock. . . . It is academic work of the first order."e; -Christian Lund, Roskilde University
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