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Land Use Negotiation in Eastern Morocco

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In this article, I analyse a steppe region in contemporary Morocco, outlining the political environment in which land use is currently negotiated. I ask what place different actors such as the state, the tribe, or local individuals occupy in the relevant power structures. Relying on recent fieldwork, I then discuss land appropriation by tribal households. Con flict-resolution mechanisms are presented in the third section. My contribution shows that access to land is often related to other types of resources (such as livestock, access to institutions and social prestige), and points out that a detailed, actor-centred analysis is essential to understanding the making of politics in the Moroccan high plateaus.
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Keywords: COLLECTIVE RANGELAND; EASTERN MOROCCO; LAND APPROPRIATION; PASTORAL COMMUNITIES; SOCIO-ECONOMICS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2011

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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