Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

African Land Questions, the State and Agrarian Transition: Contradictions of Neo-liberal Land Reforms

Sam Moyo. ISBN: 2-86978-202-0; ISBN 13: 978286978202-0; 159 pages,

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This book is a critical reflection on the land question in Africa, research on which tends to be tangential,
conceptually loose and generally inadequate. It argues that the most pressing research concern must be to
understand the precise nature of the African land question, its land reforms and their effects on development.

The book goes further to questions the capacity of emerging neo-liberal economic and political
regimes in Africa to deliver land reforms which address growing inequality and poverty. Finally, it invites
scholars and policy makers to creatively draw on the specific historical trajectories and contemporary expres-
sion of the land and agrarian questions in Africa, to enrich both theory and practice on land in the continent.

May 26 2008