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Land, Law and Politics in Africa


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Contents Figures, tables and boxes ix 1 Introduction: Land, law and conflict mediation in Africa 1 Jan Abbink 2 Partenariat et interdisciplinarite: La voie alternative de Gerti Hesseling et du LASDEL 14 Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan & Mahaman Tidjani Alou HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ASPECTS / ASPECTS HISTORIQUES ET CULTURELLES 3 Cultural models of power in Africa 25 Walter van Beek 4 Human rights in the traditional legal system of the Nkoya people of Zambia 49 Wim M.J. van Binsbergen 5 'Sons of the soil': Autochthony and its ambiguities in Africa and Europe 80 Peter Geschiere 6 How can Africa develop? Reflections on theories, concepts and realities 99 Patrick Chabal LAND ISSUES AND ECONOMICS / PROBLEMES FONCIERS ET L'ECONOMIE 7 L'economie sociale et solidaire pour stimuler le developpement ascendant et endogene 117 Abdou Salam Fall 8 Land conflicts in Senegal revisited: Continuities and emerging dynamics 141 Mayke Kaag, Yaram Gaye & Marieke Kruis 9 'More punitive penalties should be given to urban farmers': Laws and politics surrounding urban agriculture in Eldoret, Kenya 162 Romborah R. Simiyu & Dick Foeken 10 Settling border conflicts in Africa peacefully: Lessons learned from the Bakassi dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria 191 Piet Konings POLITICS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW / POLITIQUE ET DROIT CONSTITUTIONNEL 11 Democracy deferred: Understanding elections and the role of donors in Ethiopia 213 Jan Abbink 12 La production d'un nouveau constitutionnalisme en Afrique : Internationalisation et regionalisation du droit constitutionnel 240 Babacar Kante 13 Le juge constitutionnel et la construction de l'Etat de droit au Senegal 258 Fatima Diallo 14 Sur les traces du droit vivant dans le labyrinthe du droit foncier et des pratiques locales au Mali 287 Moussa Djire THE CHALLENGES OF LAW AND CONFLICT / LES DEFIS DE DROIT FACE AU CONFLITS 15 Effectuating normative change in customary legal systems: An end to 'widow chasing' in northern Namibia? 315 Janine Ubink 16 Decentralization and the articulation of local and regional politics in Central Chad 334 Han van Dijk 17 Conflict mobility and the search for peace in Africa 353 Mirjam de Bruijn & Egosha E. Osaghae Appendix: Bibliography of prof. dr Gerti Hesseling 367 List of authors 381

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Jan Abbink works as a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, and as a research professor at VU University, Amsterdam. His interests are political anthropology, ethno-history, and culture and religion in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia). Current research projects are on Ethiopian regional history and livelihoods, the rhetoric and practice of 'development', and religion and community formation in Northeast Africa. Mirjam de Bruijn is an anthropologist and senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, Professor of African Studies (Contemporary History and Anthropology of West and Central Africa) at Leiden University and director of the Research Masters in African Studies at the ASC. Her research has developed around the theme of mobility and she has done extensive fieldwork in Chad, Mali and Cameroon on (interdisciplinary) projects on migration, conflict and poverty, and mobility and communication technology.

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