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Common Property, Ethnicity, and Social Exploitation in the Ziz Valley, Southeast Morocco

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Ilahiane, Hsain
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bodoe, Norway
Conf. Date: May 24-28, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1665
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
indigenous institutions
resource management
Abstract: "Contrary to much of the accumulated scholarship on indigenous resource management institutions in various parts of the developing world, this paper argues that common resources or property management in the small-scale irrigation communities of the Ziz Valley paints a complex historical situation where ethnicity, power, and religious ideology are employed to exploit the lower social classes. One of the essential claims of this paper is that sustainable and robust long enduring common property institutions can also exist in conflict-ridden and exploitation based communities and that just rules or the concept of law as understood in the West can not be applied to understand some components of common property management in the developing world."

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