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Tenure reformed: planning for redress or progress in South Africa

James, Deborah ORCID: 0000-0002-4274-197X (2011) Tenure reformed: planning for redress or progress in South Africa. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 61 (Winter). pp. 19-32. ISSN 0920-1297

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Identification Number: 10.3167/fcl.2011.610102


This article explores the contradictory and contested but closely interlocking efforts of NGOs and the state in planning for land reform in South Africa. As government policy has come increasingly to favor the better-off who are potential commercial farmers, so NGO efforts have been directed, correspondingly, to safeguarding the interests of those conceptualized as poor and dispossessed. The article explores the claim that planned “tenure reform” is the best way to provide secure land rights, especially for labourers residing on white farms; illustrates the complex disputes over this claim arising between state and NGO sectors; and argues that we need to go beyond the concept of “neoliberal governmentality” to understand the relationship between these sectors.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Berghahn Books
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H3 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents > H30 - General
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q1 - Agriculture > Q15 - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 11:34
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:16

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