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Title:African enclosures? The social dynamics of wetlands in drylands
Editors:Woodhouse, PhilipISNI
Bernstein, HenryISNI
Hulme, DavidISNI
Year:2000
Pages:238
Language:English
City:Oxford
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:085255415X; 0852554168; 0865439370; 0865439389
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Mali
Kenya
South Africa
Botswana
Subjects:natural resource management
land law
customary law
environmental policy
water
land use
agricultural land
Abstract:This publication presents case studies of natural resource management in four very different African 'wetlands in drylands', based on fieldwork conducted in 1994-1996: the valley of the River Sourou in southern Mali, Kenya's southern Kajiado District, Mmutlane village in the Shoshong Hills of eastern Botswana, and the Mutale River valley in South Africa's Northern Province. Aim is to identify socioeconomic and political dynamics operating locally and more widely in the societies concerned, and to explore their connections. These 'dynamics' suggest a discernible direction of social change, towards greater commoditization and (de facto as well as sometimes de jure) 'privatization' of land and water. They challenge not only 'community-based' models of environmental management as a basis of combatting poverty, but also the static vision of African society which underpins them. Contributors: Henry Bernstein, Andrew Clayton, David Hulme, Edward Lahiff, Christopher Southgate, Moussa dit Martin Tessougué, Pippa Trench, Philip Woodhouse. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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