Reshaping the debate on land alienation in Africa: What are the origins of social change?

SOAS |  27 April 2016


Village in southern Karamoja, Uganda (Photo: Matt Kandel)
Matt Kandel is a Newton International Fellow in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS.
One Monday afternoon last August I was seated underneath a large palm tree with my friend, Simon, in Soroti Town in rural eastern Uganda, both of us relaxing and seeking a minor respite from the equatorial African sun.  The subject of our conversation was the weekend-long clan meeting that he and his family had organised in their village.  The purpose of the gathering—which most importantly included clan leadership—was to resolve conflicts within the family over the…..

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