Land, Mobility, and Belonging in West Africa
By: Carola Lentz (author)Paperback
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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.
Carola Lentz is Professor of Social Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University.
Preface Introduction 1. Pushing Frontiers: The Social Organisation of Mobility 2. Staking Claims: Earth Shrines, Ritual Power and Property Rights 3. Setting Boundaries, Negotiating Entitlements: Contested Borders and 'Bundles' of Rights 4. Ethnicity, Autochthony and the Politics of Belonging 5. History vs. history: Contemporary Land Conflicts in a Context of Legal and Institutional Pluralism Notes References Index
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