Association pour l’anthropologie du changement social et du développement
Association for the anthropology of social change and development

Local Politics and the Dynamics of Property in Africa.

Christian Lund -2008-

Access to land and property is vital to people’s livelihoods in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in Africa. Through recourse to a variety of political, administrative, and legal institutions, people exert tremendous energy and imagination to have land claims recognized as rights. The book provides a detailed analysis of how public authority and the state are formed through debates and struggles over property in the Upper East Region of Ghana. It explores particularly how state divestiture of land in 1979 encouraged competition between customary authorities and how, as a result, the earthpriest was revived.