Land law in a semi-urban context : the case of Ziguinchor

TitleLand law in a semi-urban context : the case of Ziguinchor
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsG.S.C.M. Hesseling
EditorW.M.J. van Binsbergen, and G.S.C.M. Hesseling
Secondary TitleAspecten van staat en maatschappij in Afrika : recent Dutch and Belgian research on the African state / onder red. van Wim van Binsbergen en Gerti Hesseling. - Leiden : African Studies Centre: (1984), p. 367-389 : fig., krt
Pagination367 - 389
Date Published1984///
PublisherAfrican Studies Centre
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrican studies, conflict of laws, land law, land tenure, Senegal, urban areas

Present-day Senegal has two land law systems: a variety of land tenure systems at the local level, and a national land law system based on modern concepts, laid down by the State in the 1964 Act concerning Public Land (Loi sur le Domaine national). The author examines in what respects the land reform has also affected urban conditions, in particular the way in which the inhabitants of a semi-urban area such as Zinguinchor, the capital of the Casamance region, can gain rights to land. The average inhabitant of such a town makes no clear distinction between autochthonous and official concepts of land, unconsciously borrowing as much from one system as from the other. The author illustrates her argument with four case studies. For the sake of clarity, she has designated the various aspects of local land tenure practices in lower-class compounds of Zinguinchor by the terms apparent harmony, disrupted harmony, open conflict, and alliance. Bibliogr., notes, ref

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