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The promise of land : undoing a century of dispossession in South Africa

Author: Fred T Hendricks; Lungisile Ntsebeza; Kirk Helliker
Publisher: Auckland Park, South Africa : Jacana Media, 2013.
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"The ongoing racialised inequalities in land, inherited from colonial dispossession, act as a spatial barrier to imagining a unitary nation in contemporary South Africa. The starting point for this book is that the current land reform policies in the country fail to take this colonial context of division and exclusion into account. Consequently, there is an abiding crisis in land in South Africa. The book examines  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred T Hendricks; Lungisile Ntsebeza; Kirk Helliker
ISBN: 9781431408160 1431408166
OCLC Number: 853607836
Description: x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Land questions in South Africa --
pt. 1. Structures and struggles of land in South Africa : 2. Rhetoric and reality in restitution and redistribution : ongoing land and agrarian questions in South Africa --
3. The more things change, the more they remain the same : rural land tenure and democracy in the former bantustans --
4. Reproducing white commercial agriculture --
5. Urban land questions in contemporary South Africa : the case of Cape Town --
6. South Africa's countryside : prospects for change from below --
pt. 2. Theory, history and policy : 7. Living in a theoretical interregnum : capital lessons from Southern African rural history --
8. Prospects for smallholder agriculture in Southern Africa --
9. Global food regime : implications for food security --
pt. 3. International case studies : 10. Zimbabwe's fast track land reform : implications for South Africa --
11. The 'Agrarian Question' and the developmental state : India's story of rural social transformation --
12. Diversification strategies in the Netherlands agricultural sector --
pt. 4. Conclusion : 13. Colonial pasts and democratic futures in South Africa.
Responsibility: edited by Fred Hendricks, Lungisile Ntsebeza and Kirk Helliker.

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"The ongoing racialised inequalities in land, inherited from colonial dispossession, act as a spatial barrier to imagining a unitary nation in contemporary South Africa. The starting point for this book is that the current land reform policies in the country fail to take this colonial context of division and exclusion into account. Consequently, there is an abiding crisis in land in South Africa. The book examines the very many dimensions of this crisis in urban areas, commercial farming areas and communal areas. It argues for a fundamental change in approach to move beyond the impasse in both policy and thinking about land. The Promise of Land argues that social movements have a critcal role to play in charting a new course, both in respect of access to land and in influencing broader policy options. Struggles from below are crucial for rethinking purely statist efforts at land reform and the book grapples with the interplay between oppositional campaigns of social movements and the state's policies and responses."--Back cover.

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