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Author Lesorogol, Carolyn K., 1965-

Title Contesting the commons : privatizing pastoral lands in Kenya / Carolyn K. Lesorogol.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  333.3167627 LESO MJ17    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 250 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-243) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Ethnographic setting, field sites, and research methods -- 3. Colonial and postcolonial contexts for land tenure in Kenya -- 4. Land adjudication in Siambu : the struggle over privatization -- 5. The political dynamics of privatization -- 6. Experiences in education, the military, and employment -- 7. The impact of privatization of land on livelihoods -- 8. Privatization and behavior : evidence from experimental games -- 9. Conclusion.
Summary Over centuries, African pastoralist societies have crafted institutions that enable them to survive in their harsh, semi-arid environment. Effectively managing communally held land has been one key to their success and a cornerstone of their social organization. Over the last two decades, however, a number of pastoralist communities have sought to transform their land tenure systems from communal to private ownership. In Contesting the Commons, Carolyn K. Lesorogol draws on eighteen months of fieldwork and ten previous years of work and residence among the Samburu to ask: What accounts for this challenge to an important, well-adapted, and seemingly highly functional institution? What are the effects of privatization of land on household well-being, individual behavior, and social relations? How can understanding the trajectory of institutional change in this case help us comprehend the dynamic processes of social transformation in general?
Subject Commons -- Kenya -- Samburu District.
Land tenure -- Social aspects -- Kenya -- Samburu District.
Privatization -- Social aspects -- Kenya -- Samburu District.
Samburu District (Kenya) -- Social conditions.
Samburu District (Kenya) -- Economic conditions.
ISBN 9780472070244 (cloth : alk. paper)
047207024X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780472050246 (paperback: alk. paper)
0472050249 (paperback: alk. paper)