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Title:Fighting over rice swamps: conflict and community across the Gambia River Basin, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Author:Sarr, Assan
Year:2009
Periodical:Mande Studies
Issue:11
Pages:145-163
Language:English
Geographic term:Gambia
Subjects:land conflicts
conflict resolution
customary law
agricultural land
rice
social change
1850-1899
Abstract:The importance of rice farming in the Gambia region is evident in the contestation over ownership of rice fields, a form of conflict that escalated greatly over the second half of the 19th century. This article analyses several of these conflicts, places them in their historical context, and argues that they are the result of a breakdown of traditional methods of resolving conflict, itself a product of the enormous changes taking place in society at the time. These changes include the end of the slave trade, the growth of cash-crop farming, the rise of militant Islam, and the gradual increase in British control, climaxing in the colonial takeover by the 1890s. These broad social changes put in jeopardy long-held ways of settling disputes. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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