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Title:Costruzione e creazione fondiaria
Author:Girard, ChristianISNI
Periodical:Storia urbana: rivista di studi sulle trasformazioni della cittą e del territorio in etą moderna
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:land tenure
urban areas
Abstract:Text in Italian. English sum.: Contrary to a widely held view, the propensity of urban communities in sub-Saharan Africa to invest in the building of their homes is not proportional to the degree of security granted by the State to land tenure. In his examination of urban landownership, the author starts from the building site, revealing the part played by construction efforts in the development of landownership. Building activities in African towns often involve the granting of ownership rights to the builder. They are also partly undertaken with a view to acquiring landownership. Building in concrete is the best way to show one's rights to a lot, both to other inhabitants and to local institutions. The lack of landowning security thus increases the urge to build. Urban planning policies should take this paradox into account. Notes, ref.