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Author Shipton, Parker MacDonald.
Title Mortgaging the ancestors : ideologies of attachment in Africa / Parker Shipton.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2009]

Series Yale agrarian studies series
Yale agrarian studies.
Subject Land tenure -- Africa.
Mortgages -- Social aspects -- Africa.
Economic anthropology -- Africa.
Economics -- Sociological aspects.
Description 1 online resource (xix, 327 pages) : illustrations, map.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-314) and index.
Contents 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.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780300152746 (electronic bk.)
0300152744 (electronic bk.)
0300116020 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780300116021 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 646861341
Additional Format Print version: Shipton, Parker MacDonald. Mortgaging the ancestors. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009 0300116020 9780300116021 (DLC) 2008017706 (OCoLC)223870260