Monday, February 26, 2018
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room, 3rd Floor
Reception to follow.
African countries are on the cusp of large-scale campaigns to promote the registration and titling of rural land, most of which is currently in the hands of untitled smallholders. For African societies, land commodification of land would represent a “Great Transformation” of Polanyian proportions. Who gains and who loses from this spread of market relations? Drawing on political science analyses of the political geography of inequality within countries, this talk focuses on territorial inequalities within African states that drive distributive conflicts around the titling and privatization of rural land.