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Title:Land and the politics of belonging in West Africa
Editors:Kuba, RichardISNI
Lentz, CarolaISNI
Series:African Social Studies Series
City of publisher:Leiden
Geographic terms:West Africa
Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:land rights
land tenure
group identity
Abstract:Recognizing that land rights are ambiguous, negotiable and politically embedded, these case studes explore the long-term processes and recent changes in contemporary rural West Africa affecting the conversion of control over land into social and political capital and vice versa. The chapters look at the ways in which the boundaries of property-holding groups have been constructed and subject to continual redefinition. Contents: Land rights and the politics of belonging in Africa: an introduction (Carola Lentz); First-comers and late-comers: indigenous theories of landownership in West Africa (Carola Lentz); Spiritual hierarchies and unholy alliances: competing earth priests in a context of migration in southwestern Burkina Faso (Richard Kuba); Who owns Bolgatanga? A story of inconclusive encounters (Christian Lund); Money, ritual and the politics of belonging in land transactions in western Burkina Faso (Sten Hagberg); Gold diggers, earth priests and district heads: land rights and gold mining in southwestern Burkina Faso (Katja Werthmann); Customary land, mobile labor and alienation in the eastern region of Ghana (Kojo Sebastian Amanor); Indigenous blood and foreign labor: the 'ancestralization' of land rights in Sefwi (Ghana) (Stefano Boni); The political economy of the natural environment in West African history: Asante and its savanna neighbors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Gareth Austin); How does an institution evolve? Land, politics, intergenerational relations and the institution of the 'tutorat' amongst autochthones and immigrants (Gban region, Côte d'Ivoire) (Jean-Pierre Chauveau); Privatization and the politics of belonging in West Africa (Sara Berry). [ASC Leiden abstract]