Sociology of Law Research Seminars - Challenging Legal Orthodoxy on Land Tenure in Botswana: Beyond a Linear Model of Space and Time
The Sociology of Law Department arranges a series of research seminars inviting both local and international researchers who are conducting state of the arts research within various areas of law and society.
Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University
This presentation seeks to do justice to Reza’s pioneering spirit, by challenging legal orthodoxy in relation to land tenure in Botswana, by moving beyond a linear model of space and time. Land represents a key element in global discourse on development and livelihoods, not only at the level of macro-perspectives centred on transnational approaches to commerce and sustainability, but also at the micro-level involving families and households. Within Botswana, as elsewhere, rights to land have always been subject to contestation, especially in the light of plural legal systems that had different perceptions of what land entails and how it should be administered and managed. For land not only embodies a grounded, territorial, physical space, but also represents a more intangible domain that embodies social relationships that coalesce around it. Based on an ethnographic study carried out over many years, this paper focuses on land as a site of action involving social relations embedded in space and time. It highlights the spatialization of power that is at work and calls for a reframing of concepts such as ‘local’, ‘national’ and ‘global’ that have shaped debates about land tenure and its development and reform world-wide.
This seminar will be conducted digitally on Zoom. A link to the seminar will appear here before November 25.
25 november 2020 13:00 till 14:00
Zoom digital conference software. More information in the event description.
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