Whose Security? Deepening Social Conflict over ‘Customary’ Land in the Shadow of Land Tenure Reform in Malawi

Citation:

Peters, Pauline E., and Daimon Kambewa. 2007. “Whose Security? Deepening Social Conflict over ‘Customary’ Land in the Shadow of Land Tenure Reform in Malawi.” The Journal of Modern African Studies 45 (03): 447–72.

Authors: Pauline E. Peters, Daimon Kambewa

Abstract:

The paper discusses the interface of anthropological research on land with policy positions across formative periods - from the colonial period through to the present as land tenure reform has repeatedly become a development priority; and recent research on intensifying competition over land, its intersection with competition over legitimate authority, new types of land transfers, the role of claims of indigeneity or autochthony in land conflicts, and the challenges of increasing social inequality and of commodification of land for analysis and for land reform.

Topics: Class, Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Development, Ethnicity, Political Economies, Rights, Land Rights Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: Malawi

Year: 2007

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