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Conflicts, security and marginalisation: institutional change of the pastoral commons in a ‘glocal’ world

Author(s) : T. Haller et al.

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This paper argues that pastoral commons are under increasing pressure not just from overuse by pastoralists themselves, but from land management policies. Since colonial times, these have been based on a persistent misconception of the nature of pastoral economies and combined with increasing land alienation and fragmentation through government policies and covert privatisation of pastures. The paper focuses especially on pastoral populations in African drylands and is based on long-term research by independent researchers summarising some of their experiences in western, eastern and southern Africa. Most of them are organised in the African Drylands Dialogue, trying to shed some light on the developments in these areas. Before discussing the actual situation of African pastoralists, the authors focus on basic institutional features of the political and economic management of common grazing lands. This is followed by an overview of land alienation processes in colonial times, which serves as a basis for understanding the current land alienation constellations. The paper then moves on to explain how and why pastoralists are framed by the national discourses as the ‘other’ and the ‘troublemaker’, even being labelled as terrorists in nation state contexts.

Keywords
Contraband – Harmful policy – Land grabbing – Land reform – Myth – Pastoralism.

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