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    Contesting Land and Custom in Ghana State, Chief and the Citizen

    ISBN-10: 9087280475
    ISBN-13: 9789087280475
    Edition: N/A
    Author(s): Janine M. Ubink, Kojo S. Amanor
    Description: African policy on customary land relations has become increasingly problematic in the wake of the growing value of residential and agricultural land; in Ghana, land has been the subject of growing commodification which has led to increased attempts  More...
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    Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
    Publication Date: 2/15/2009
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 256
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.836
    Language: English

    African policy on customary land relations has become increasingly problematic in the wake of the growing value of residential and agricultural land; in Ghana, land has been the subject of growing commodification which has led to increased attempts by tribal chiefs, earth priests, land users, and governmental actors to redefine "custom," land ownership, and tenure. This collection of essays critically examines the relationships between customary and statutory tenure, as well as the institutional interactions between the state and traditional authorities, addressing issues of power, accountability, and equity in a number of case studies, as well as accounts of past and contemporary policy.

    Janine Ubink is senior researcher in law and governance in Africa at the Van Vollenhoven Institute of the Leiden University. Andr� Hoekema is professor in legal pluralism at the University of Amsterdam, Law Faculty. Willem Assies coordinated the research on which this book is based and currently is an independent researcher.

    Abbreviations
    Contesting land and custom in Ghana: Introduction
    Ancestral property: Land, politics and 'the deeds of the ancestors' in Ghana and C&ohat;te d'Ivoire
    The changing face of customary land tenure
    Traditional ambiguities and authoritarian interpretations in Sefwi land disputes
    Chiefs, earth priests and the state: Irrigation agriculture, competing institutions and the transformation of land tenure arrangements in Northeastern Ghana
    Customary justice institutions and local Alternative Dispute Resolution: What kind of protection can they offer to customary landholders?
    Struggles for land in peri-urban Kumasi and their effect on popular perceptions of chiefs and chieftaincy
    Risks and opportunities of state intervention in customary land management: Emergent findings from the Land Administration Project Ghana
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    List of contributors
    Index

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