By Janine M. Ubink

This e-book reviews practices of land administration in peri-urban Ghana the place conventional management types a colourful a part of social lifestyles. overseas coverage is at present witnessing a renewed curiosity in standard tenure structures in addition to conventional management, during which it goals to reinforce the potency of neighborhood governance and create normal entry to and safe rights in land. opposite to those rules, perform unearths an absence of protection of accepted tenure in parts with a excessive pageant for land. Mounting proof monitors that common platforms frequently evolve inequitably and that conventional elites gain disproportionally from commodification of land. as a way to comprehend favourite land administration by way of conventional professionals and the function policymakers, lawmakers, judges and civil servants play during this method, this e-book stories practices of land administration in peri-urban Ghana the place conventional management varieties a colourful a part of social existence. This booklet combines neighborhood case reviews with theories approximately effective land administration, the resilience of conventional management, the negotiability of everyday legislations and the space among judges' usual legislations and native practices. Doing so, it deals a different physique of empirical and theoretical wisdom for these drawn to wide-spread land administration, in addition to these attracted to how everyday legislations capabilities either on the neighborhood point and on the point of the kingdom.

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However, as the local arena does not function as an autonomous social field (Moore 1973), local contestations for land cannot be studied by focusing exclusively on the village level. They require a multi-level analysis taking supra-local actors into 30 JANINE M. UBINK account. In this study, a number of supra-local institutional actors are of special importance. , paramount chiefs and the Asantehene. Are they combating sales by their village chiefs or, on the contrary, condoning or even encouraging them?

The effect of such court decisions on land practices is, however, limited. Notwithstanding the large number of land cases in the courts, many more land conflicts never reach them, either because of aggrieved parties’ lack of access or interest, or because the land conflicts are embedded in ‘chieftaincy affairs’ for which state courts have no jurisdiction. Moreover court decisions seem to have little effect on land disputes beyond the specific cases on which the court decides. This can be explained by a number of factors.

How do current developments influence the actors’ positions and livelihoods? However, as the local arena does not function as an autonomous social field (Moore 1973), local contestations for land cannot be studied by focusing exclusively on the village level. They require a multi-level analysis taking supra-local actors into 30 JANINE M. UBINK account. In this study, a number of supra-local institutional actors are of special importance. , paramount chiefs and the Asantehene. Are they combating sales by their village chiefs or, on the contrary, condoning or even encouraging them?

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