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Title:Beyond Black and White: ethnicity and land reform in Namibia
Author:Gargallo, EduardISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Politique africaine (ISSN 0244-7827)
Issue:120
Pages:152-173
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:land reform
plural society
land rights
ethnicity
Abstract:The land reform process initiated in 1991 in Namibia has been based on the official policy of 'nation building' which attempts to ignore the existence of ethnic differences and tensions. The government has refused both to accept claims to ancestral lands by communities dispossessed during colonial times; and to recognise as 'indigenous' any of the Namibian communities. Land acquired from white farmers is, therefore, redistributed to 'African' beneficiaries regardless of their ethnic identity or their history of dispossession, and plots can thus be allocated to people who were never deprived of their land. This articles tries to analyse the reasons behind this policy, and to show how it makes many ethnic communities feel discriminated and unfairly treated. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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