Changes, ambiguities and conflicts [electronic resource] : Negotiating land rights in Buem-Kator, Ghana / Ben Kwame Fred-Mensah.

Fred-Mensah, Ben Kwame.
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Ann Arbor, Mich. : ProQuest Information and learning
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281 p.
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$a The study examines the empirical validity and policy usefulness of the underlying assumptions of the dominant theoretical perspectives on rural land rights transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa. It critically questions the empirical possibility of universally applying the postulate that as agrarian communities shift from land-abundance setting to land-scarce setting, production and institutional relations adapt to the social and political consequences that result from the changes in material conditions.
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$a Due to the nature of land transactions between the Buem community and migrant farmers and the relatively fixed nature of investments made in the land by the migrants, the long-established indigenous rules of control over land in the area have been altered. The traditional concept of property is in disarray. To regain their control over the land, the Buems are inventing land traditions and re-interpreting the existing land contracts between them and the migrants. These attempts are being resisted by the migrants, who maintain that the land has been bought and paid for.
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This study uses methods and concepts associated with political economy and social anthropology to examine the content and character of land conflicts as they relate to the cultural, historical, and economic circumstances of a cash crop growing area in the Jasikan District in the Volta Region of Ghana. It specifically focuses on the relationships between land scarcity and the resultant conflicts between an autochthonous Buem group and a long-settled migrant community in the Buem-Kator sub-district and argues that conflicts between the two groups can be properly understood against the background of the economic and legal transformations, as well as the re-structuring of power relations that have occurred in the area as a consequence of cash cropping.
The study examines the empirical validity and policy usefulness of the underlying assumptions of the dominant theoretical perspectives on rural land rights transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa. It critically questions the empirical possibility of universally applying the postulate that as agrarian communities shift from land-abundance setting to land-scarce setting, production and institutional relations adapt to the social and political consequences that result from the changes in material conditions.
Due to the nature of land transactions between the Buem community and migrant farmers and the relatively fixed nature of investments made in the land by the migrants, the long-established indigenous rules of control over land in the area have been altered. The traditional concept of property is in disarray. To regain their control over the land, the Buems are inventing land traditions and re-interpreting the existing land contracts between them and the migrants. These attempts are being resisted by the migrants, who maintain that the land has been bought and paid for.
The study evaluates alternative measures for mitigating the increasing conflicts. First, it assesses the feasibility of effecting a local land tenure reform that will enable the Buems to regain access to part of their lost land, based on a system of land redistribution in the area. It also proposes an alternative conflict management system that incorporates relevant aspects of both Buem and national government's concepts and methods of conflict management.
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Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 60-11, Section: A, page: 4070.
Adviser: I. William Zartman.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Johns Hopkins University, 2000.
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9780599528321