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Questioning the Commons: Resource Utilization in a Landscape of Overlapping Laws

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Solow, Jody
Conference: Inequality and the Commons, the Third Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Washington, DC
Conf. Date: September 17-20, 1992
Date: 1992
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5608
Sector: Forestry
Land Tenure & Use
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): land tenure and use
property rights
customary law
forests--tropics
IASC
Abstract: "The study is set on a volcanic island in Melanesia, and focuses on tropical forests and marine ecosystems. The land is held communally by lineage but within this communal area is almost every conceivable permutation of 'property'/'ownership', calling into question just how 'communal' the communal land tenure is. Primarily a case study, the paper will also touch upon theoretical issues, such as the importance of recognizing that CPR systems may involve intricate interrelations between numberable political, economic, social, religious, and ecological forces that are constantly transforming in space and in time."

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