9781403980052

Socioeconomic Change and Land Use in Africa The Transformation of Property Rights in Maasailand

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  • ISBN13:

    9781403980052

  • ISBN10:

    1403980055

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-07-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This study investigates how and why group ranch members in Kajiado District, Kenya, supported the subdivision of their collective landholdings into individual, titled units, and what outcomes resulted from this transition to individual rights. Viewed over a longer time scale, the author finds that politics is at the core of institutional change: land-owners increasingly seek exclusive rights in an effort to defend their land claims against threats of appropriation by the state, by Maasai elite, and by non-Maasai.

Author Biography

Esther Mwangi is a Post-Doctoral Fellow, CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action & Property Rights (International Agriculture Research and Lobbying Firm based in Washington, D.C.).

Table of Contents

The Policy Problem: Why Are Group Ranches in Maasailand Individualizing?
Background to the Study Area
The Evolution of Property Rights: A Theoretical Framework
Methods
Land Property Rights in Kajiado District: A Historical Footprint
Subdividing the Group Ranch: Members’ Motivations
Subdividing the Group Ranch: Allocation and Distribution of Parcels
The Subdivided Group Ranch: Management Strategies and Ecological Sustainability
Why Group Ranches Are Individualizing: Summary and Conclusion
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