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    From ‘Autochthony’ to Violence? ‘Sons of the Soil’ Discourses and Practices of Violence

From ‘Autochthony’ to Violence? ‘Sons of the Soil’ Discourses and Practices of Violence

Claims of being ‘sons of the soil’ or ‘indigenous’ inhabitants as opposed to ‘foreigners’ play a prominent role in violent conflict around the world. Yet, as this blog argues, the violence occurring in these settings is not always directly related to these claims. The recent upsurge of global attention to intensifying refugee and migrant streams has revealed once again the […]

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    Customary Land, Public Authorities and the Reform Agenda: The Background to Three Reports from northern Uganda

Customary Land, Public Authorities and the Reform Agenda: The Background to Three Reports from northern Uganda

Julian Hopwood overviews three JSRP publications on land in northern Uganda, and suggests that useful policy interventions should acknowledge the expertise of customary actors at the local level. Ambrena Manji has argued that the progressive land reform of post-independence Africa, often involving redistribution, is now rare. In its place we find land law reform, perceived by its promoters as a […]