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Cutting Up the Commons: The Political Economy of Land Privatization Among the Samburu of Kenya

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Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Author: Lesorogol, Carolyn K.
Date: 2002
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5323
Sector: Grazing
Land Tenure & Use
Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): privatization
common pool resources
Samburu (African people)
land tenure and use
institutional change
indigenous institutions
social change
pastoralism
rangelands
conflict
Abstract: "This dissertation takes as its primary concern the privatization of communal land that occurred in one community in Samburu district called Siambu. The conflict over land tenure that engulfed the Siambu community for almost a decade provides an excellent example of the dynamics of institutional change. The shift from communal to private property struck at the heart of pastoral livestock production, which requires access to large tracts of range land. It pitted a group of younger, educated men who sought private land ownership against the 'traditional' elders of the area who defended the status quo."

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