David O’Kane: An Eritrean Village Reacts to Land Reform [PDF]


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TIAS Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 40

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159 pp.
1 colour map of Eritrea, glossary, chronology

Text language: English

An Eritrean Village Reacts to Land Reform examines the roots of the Eritrean government’s land nationalisation policy – decreed in 1994 but never fully implemented – and the reactions of members of that community to that policy. Those reactions were sceptical, even though the people of this community had adopted the Eritrean national identity offered to them by the new state.

Today, as the problems of national liberation and land reform remain unresolved in Eritrea, O’Kane’s book provides new insights into the relationships between land, identity and politics in today’s Africa and today’s world.


Acknowledgements / Glossary / List of Acronyms / Chronology

Chapter 1: War and Land Reform in Eritrea – the Roots of one Eritrean Village’s Historical Trajectory

Chapter 2: ‘We cannot be dependent on just the spirit of the revolution’ – Drafting and Implementing the Land Proclamation

Chapter 3: Embaderho, a Peasant Village in the Eritrean Highlands

Chapter 4: Kinship, Mutual Aid and Land Tenure in Embaderho

Chapter 5: Nationalism, War and Community Identities in Embaderho

Chapter 6: The Community and Land Reform in Embaderho

Chapter 7: Understanding Nationalism and Land Reform in Embaderho, Eritrea and the Twenty-first Century World


Under these links you will find further studies of Eritrea and land laws in various African countries, of Eritreans in abroad and migration in African countries:

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