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Tenure reformed: planning for redress or progress in South Africa

By Deborah James


This article explores the contradictory and contested but closely interlocking efforts of NGOs and the state in planning for land reform in South Africa. As government policy has come increasingly to favor the better-off who are potential commercial farmers, so NGO efforts have been directed, correspondingly, to safeguarding the interests of those conceptualized as poor and dispossessed. The article explores the claim that planned “tenure reform” is the best way to provide secure land rights, especially for labourers residing on white farms; illustrates the complex disputes over this claim arising between state and NGO sectors; and argues that we need to go beyond the concept of “neoliberal governmentality” to understand the relationship between these sectors

Topics: DT Africa, HD100 Land Use, JF Political institutions (General)
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.3167/fcl.2011.610102
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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