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Post-Socialist Property Rights for Akha in China: What is at Stake?

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dc.contributor.author Sturgeon, Janet en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:52:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:52:18Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2653
dc.description.abstract "This article describes resource access conflicts in south-western China as a socialist regime was legislated away in favour of a socialist market economy. The discussion is framed around two contradictions and one inconsistency. The first contradiction is between a state vision of exclusive, delimited property rights leading to simplified agricultural production and the Akha practice of a complex, mutable landscape. The second contradiction is between two strands within the state development mission, one emphasising poverty alleviation and the other fostering market competition. The inconsistency is between agriculture and forestry departments in the degree of emphasis on clear property rights. The local conflicts explore how the two contradictions intersect, pitting villagers at times against state property rights, and at other times with the state and against a corrupt administrative village head. These result in fuzzy property in Verderys definitions. New sources of fuzziness reside in agricultural ecologies based on regeneration processes, and tensions in the socialist market economy. State and local actors lean towards either the socialist or market side. What is at stake here are two related issues: the extent to which Akha can practise flexible access and land uses, and the state of the state." en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject transitional economics en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject bureaucracy en_US
dc.title Post-Socialist Property Rights for Akha in China: What is at Stake? en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country China en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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