Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-314) and index.
Introduction -- Sand and gold: some property history and theory -- Luo and others: migration, settlement, ethnicity -- An earthly anchorage: graves and the grounding of belonging -- Birthright and its borrowing: inheritance and land clientage under pressure -- The thin end: land and credit in the colonial period -- The ghost market: land titling and mortgaging after independence -- Nothing more serious: mortgaging and struggles over ancestral land -- Bigger than law: land and constitutionalism -- Conclusion: property, improperty, and the mortgage.
This title looks briefly at European and North American theories on private property and the mortgage, then shows how these theories have played out as attempted economic reforms in Africa.
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