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Author Lentz, Carola.

Title Land, mobility, and belonging in West Africa / Carola Lentz
Published Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (348 pages)
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Pushing frontiers : the social organization of mobility -- Staking claims : earth shrines, ritual power, and property rights -- Setting boundaries, negotiating entitlements : contested borders and bundles of rights -- Ethnicity, autochthony, and politics of belonging -- History versus history : contemporary land conflicts in a context of legal and institutional pluralism
Summary Focusing on an area of the savannah in northern Ghana and southwestern Burkina Faso, this book 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. The author 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, this book 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Farmers -- Africa, West
Migrant agricultural laborers -- Africa, West
Rural development -- Africa, West
Land use -- Africa, West
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Agriculture -- Animal Husbandry.
HISTORY -- Africa -- West.
Land use
Migrant agricultural laborers
Rural development
West Africa
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012277730
ISBN 9780253009616