Land Rights: Oxford Amnesty Lectures

Paperback | February 10, 2009

EditorTimothy Chesters

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Indigenous peoples and governments, industrialists and ecologists all use - or have at some stage to confront - the language of land rights. That language raises as many questions as it answers. Rights of the land or rights to the land? Rights of the individual or rights of the community? Evenaccepting that such rights exist, how to arbitrate between competing claims to land? Spanning as they do a wide range of intellectual territory, and their spheres of interest or activity ranging geographically from the Niger Delta to Papua New Guinea, from Quebec to the Eastern Cape, thecontributors to this volume move across a range of different, and at times contradictory, approaches to land rights. Marilyn Strathern explores the divergent anthropologies of land, specifically regarding the equation of land and property. Cree lawyer and spokesman Romeo Saganash and Frank Brennan,an Australian lawyer and priest, explore the legal framework for land claims. The UN's International Decade of the Rights of Indigenous People recently ended in the failure of negotiating govemnents to accommodate, within international law, a 'collective' right to land. It is only by acknowledgingthis collective right to self-determination, both argue, that governments can come to terms with their indigenous populations and their own colonial past. Against the pleas of Brennan and Saganash, the Kenyan Richard Leakey, whose own history and politics is indissociable from that past, questionsthe whole notion of 'indigeneity'. The campaigner Ken Wiwa speaks too of the difficulties of redressing historical injusticeis, especially in a region - the Niger Delta - where the indigenous Ogoni have no written record of their losses. Finally William Beinart, a historian and advisor to the SouthAfrican government, outlines some of the practical difficulties of land reform in that country.

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Indigenous peoples and governments, industrialists and ecologists all use - or have at some stage to confront - the language of land rights. That language raises as many questions as it answers. Rights of the land or rights to the land? Rights of the individual or rights of the community? Evenaccepting that such rights exist, how to ar...

Timothy Chesters is a lecturer in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of several articles on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French literature and thought. He is currently writing a book on ghosts and apparitions in early modern France.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199545103

ISBN - 13:9780199545100

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Table of Contents

PrefaceContributorsTIMOTHY CHESTERS: Introduction1. MARILYN STRATHERN: Land: Intangible or Tangible Property?LAURA RIVAL: Response to Marilyn Strathern2. ROMEO SAGANASH: Indigenous Peoples and International Human RightsELLEN L. LUTZ: Response to Romeo Saganash3. FRANK BRENNAN: Standing in Deep Time; Standing in the LawMARCUS COLCHESTER: Response to Frank Brennan4. KEN WIWA: If this is your land, where are your stories?ADAM HIGAZI: Response to Ken Wiwa5. RICHARD LEAKEY: Whose world is it anyway?LOTTE HUGHES: Response to Richard Leakey6. WILLIAM BEINART: Land Reform in the Eastern Cape: An Argument against Recommunalisation

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`Review from previous edition All good citizens should probably want to buy them . . . simply because they are published in support of such a good cause. It turns out, though, that no self-sacrifice is involved. [These] are immensely rich, challenging, stimulating volumes . . . Thecontributors' lists are star-studded . . . and ecah book has a clear, coherent, overarching theme, despite the extreme diversity of the individual lectures''The Independent