Title
Land contestation at the micro scale : struggles for space in the African marshes Land contestation at the micro scale : struggles for space in the African marshes
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Politics
Economics
Law
Source (journal)
World development. - Oxford
Volume/pages
54(2014) , p. 243-252
ISSN
0305-750X
ISI
000328723900017
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Africa is increasingly confronted with the commercialization of its space. Whereas attention mainly goes to macro-scale land grabs, land contestation and grabbing at the micro scale are largely ignored. This paper analyses how local actors instrumentalize the renegotiation over African wetland rights to call into question the prevailing social order. We illustrate how deficiencies in formal instruments allow certain powerful actors to capture the momentum of an open moment. We plead in favor of a better understanding of political power struggles through which land rights are shaped; and point to the shortcomings of a technocratic approach to land governance.
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