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Title:Contest for Land in Madagascar: Environment, Ancestors and Development
Editors:Evers, SandraISNI
Campbell, GwynISNI
Lambek, MichaelISNI
Year:2013
ISSN:1568-1203
Issue:31
Pages:252
Language:English
Series:African Social Studies Series
City:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004256231
Geographic term:Madagascar
Subjects:land
culture
Abstract:The Malagasy possess a profound religious, socio-political and economic attachment to land which connects individuals and kinship groups with the ancestors. International stakeholders value Madagascar for its biodiversity, minerals and agricultural potential, while the Malagasy state views land as the necessary platform for its economic development. This collection presents original research by established and rising scholars across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including Human Genetics, Anthropology and History. Authors focus on land as the pivotal factor underlying the economic, social and religious structures of Malagasy society and its relationship with outsiders, aiming to provide new insights into the issues underlying Madagascar's ongoing economic and political malaise.
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