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African Land Rights Systems

Aquiline Tarimo

Publication Year: 2014

This book, from ethical, interdisciplinary, and African perspectives, unveils the root causes of the increasing land disputes. Its significance lies upon the effort of presenting a broad overview founded upon a critical analysis of the existing land-related disputes. It is a perspective that attempts to evaluate the renewed interest in evolving theories of land rights by raising questions that can help us to understand better differences underlying land ownership systems, conflict between customary and statutory land rights systems, and the politics of land reform. Other dimensions explored in the book include the market influence on land-grabbing and challenges accompanying trends of migration, resettlement, and integration. The methodology applied in the study provides a perspective that raises questions intended to identify areas of contention, dispute, and conflict. The study, which could also be categorized as a critical assessment of the African land rights systems, is intended to be a resource for scholars, activists, and organizations working to resolve land-related disputes.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

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pp. v-viii

The issue of land rights is apparently neglected in African studies on ethics, culture, and religion. The reason is that land is understood as a matter to be exploited to satisfy human needs. Studies on land, from the perspective of the existing...

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pp. ix-xviii

Land is a sensitive subject because it is one of the most valuable resources for survival. It provides food, water, energy, and other benefits to meet the needs of human beings. It is a resource from which many people make a...

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Chapter 1. Land, Identity, and Self-Determination

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pp. 1-50

The decline of spirituality of the land that links human beings to the natural world has weakened the meaning of land. The reason is that market forces have taken over the responsibility of land management in which land is perceived as a matter to...

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Chapter 2. Land, Market, and Morality

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pp. 51-102

The preceding chapter focused on tracing the link between land, identity, and self-determination as a way of establishing the meanings, values, and functions of land. The analysis ensued raised several questions pertaining to the relationship...

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Chapter 3. Migration, Resettlement, and Integration

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pp. 103-146

A memorable point that emerged from the preceding chapter confirmed that the meanings, values, and functions of land are extended to different dimensions of human experience. Such a perspective persuades us to acknowledge that land...

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pp. 147-152

The preceding evaluation provided a general picture surrounding land distribution, ownership, and management. We discovered that disputes emerge because of unequal distribution, mismanagement, lack of unified land law, and...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 153-164

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956792139
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956792603

Page Count: 182
Publication Year: 2014