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Mobility, Marginality and Tenure Transformation in Kenya: Explorations of Community Property Rights in Law and Practice

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Community land rights were of ficially recognized for the first time in Kenya's 2010 Constitution on the basis of 'ethnicity, culture or similar community of interest'. It remains to be seen whether this will begin to reverse the trend of over-emphasis on individual tenure and sedentary agricultural land uses. Against this background, this article interrogates the various narratives around de fining 'community' that have emerged in national and local discourses on entitlement to resources. The article draws on a case study of a Kenyan community – the Ogiek in the Rift Valley – in which tenure and land use are changing rapidly and where tension exists between individual and communal tenure, and among contending visions of future community land rights.
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Keywords: COMMUNITY; LAND RIGHTS; LAND USE; RIFT VALLEY; TENURE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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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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