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The Politics of Land Reform in Africa: From Communal Tenure to Free Markets Paperback – 30 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd (30 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842774956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842774953
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'An insightful analysis of the logic and agencies governing land reform in Africa in the age of neoliberal globalization...Manji must be commended for alerting us to the fact that proposed land reforms will undermine the livelihood of the African people, strengthen patriarchal relations, and intensify violence against women.' Silvia Federici, African Studies Review 'As a hypothesis, this interesting and should be taken seriously.' Quarterly Journal of International Agricultural 'A broad commentary' 'Insightful for anyone interested in this topic.' Choice

About the Author

Ambreena Manji is a Reader in the Department of Law, University of Keele. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. She has written extensively on land reform, gender and development, and the role of international financial institutions.

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Manji comes at Africa's 'Land Question' from a legal perspective, arguing that the debate has too often been dominated by the de Soto 'legal centralist' paradigm, and Manji makes the point convincingly that what is really needed in Africa is 'more land, not more law'. Her critique of neo-liberal policy on Land is nuanced and a useful addition to the wider literature of Africa's experiences of neo-liberalism.

Her 'Feminist Legal Pluralism' addresses critically women-led responses to land dispossession in sub-Saharan Africa and she expertly outlines how 'legal centralism' and state-focused analyses of Land in Africa, enforce gender inequality and unequal access to land.

Highly recommended for anyone looking to tackle Africa's 'Land Question', and wanting to take on the de Soto-ites of the World Bank!
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