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Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan by Guma Kunda Komey
  

Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan

Part of the Eastern Africa Series Series

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Land, Governance, Conflict and the Nuba of Sudan by Guma Kunda Komey

The conventional perspective on Sudan's recent civil war (1983-2005) - one of the longest and most complex conflicts in Africa - emphasises ethnicity as the main cause. This study, on the contrary, identifies the land factor as a root cause that is central to understanding Sudan's local conflicts and large-scale wars. Land rights are about relationships between and among persons, pertaining to different economic and ritual activities. Rights to land are intimately tied to membership in specific communities, from the family to the nation-state. Control over land in Africa has been, and still is, used as a means of defining identity and belonging, an instrument to control, and a source of, political power. Membership of these communities is contested, negotiable, and changeable over time. For national governments land is a national economic resource for public and private development, but the interests and rights of rural majorities and their sedentary or nomadic subsistence forms of life are often difficult to harmonise with land policies pursued by national governments. The state's exclusionary land policies and politics of limiting or denying communities their land rights play a crucial role in causing local conflicts that then can escalate into large-scale wars. Land issues increase the complexity of a conflict, thereby reducing the possibility of managing, resolving, or ultimately transforming it. The conflict in the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan, the regional focus in this study, is living proof of this transformation. Guma Kunda Komey is Assistant Professor of Human Geography, Juba University, Sudan.

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The book represents a strong effort to place land, property, and territory at the centre of analysis of Sudan's social and political conflicts. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE Can claim to be the most comprehensive modern account available of the region. (...) It stands as an authoritative testimony to the political history, basic human integrity, and current predicaments of the Nuba people. SUDAN STUDIES


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Publication date

18th December 2010

Author

Guma Kunda Komey

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Publisher

James Currey

Format

Hardback
272 pages

Categories

Political activism
Property & real estate
Regional government policies

ISBN

9781847010261

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