HSRC Press cordially invites to you the launch of the recently published book, The Struggle over Land in Africa: Conflicts, Politics & Change edited by Ward Anseeuw & Chris Alden.
Date: Tuesday 20 April 2010
Time: 4pm- 6pm
Venue: South African Institute of International Affairs, Jan Smuts House, Wits University, East Campus, Station Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Conflicts over land are frequent across the African continent, ranging from local disputes amongst urban squatters to large-scale challenges to the prevailing political order. Loaded with economic, symbolic and emotional significance, land is often at the epicentre of violence and, concurrently, of any attempts to develop sustainable solutions to conflicts.
The Struggle over Land in Africa compellingly analyses the role of land as a place and source of conflict, especially in relation to policy issues, crisis management and post-war/post-conflict reconstruction. While highlighting the diverse and critical nature of land disputes in Africa, the book draws attention to the complex root causes of these disputes – a complexity that is often neglected – and to the challenges they present for governance of both state and market. By adopting a continental perspective, the various chapters compare responses to internal crises across a range of African countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.
Some of themes explored in the book include: Ethnic and indigenous land conflicts, Traditionalism versus modernity, renewed land interests, land use and conflict, state building, politics and land (for example Agricultural land reform); land policy development, planning, inclusiveness/non-inclusiveness; regional scopes of land conflicts and changing norms.
With authors from the academic, diplomatic, political and civil sectors, this book is the essential reference on the debate about land issues in Africa.
Co-editors Ward Anseeuw & Chris Alden will speak at the launch.
Refreshments will be served.