In the Shadow of Policy

Everyday Practices in South Africa's Land and Agrarian Reform
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  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Dimensions and Pages: 240 x 170 mm, 320 pp
  • EAN: 978 1 86814 745 8
  • Rights: World
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 350.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): 39.95

Notions of land and agrarian reform are now well entrenched in post-apartheid South Africa. But what this reform actually means for everyday life is not clearly understood, nor the way it will impact on the political economy. In the Shadow of Policy explores the interface between the policy of land and agrarian reform and its implementation; and between the decisions of policy ‘experts’ and actual livelihood experiences in the fields and homesteads of land reform projects.

Starting with an overview of the socio-historical context in which land and agrarian reform policy has evolved in South Africa, the volume presents empirical case studies of land reform projects in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape provinces. These draw on multiple voices from various sectors and provide a rich source of material and critical reflections to inform future policy and research agendas.

In the Shadow of Policy will be a key reference tool for those working in the area of development studies and land policy, and for civil society groups and NGOs involved in land restitution.

 

 

PART 1: SETTING THE SCENE: LAND AND AGRARIAN REFORM IN POST-APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

Post-apartheid land and agrarian reform policy and practices in South Africa: themes, processes and issues Paul Hebinck

Land and agrarian reform policies from a historical perspective Paul Hebinck

Land reform and agriculture uncoupled: the political economy of rural reform in post-apartheid South Africa Ben Cousins

PART 2 ‘MIND THE GAP’: DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN POLICIES AND PRACTICES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LAND REFORM

Consultants, business plans and land reform practices Francois Marais

‘Seeing like a land reform agency’: cultural politics and the contestation of community farming at Makhoba Yves van Leynseele

Land reform and newly emerging social relations on Gallawater A farm Modise Moseki

Property rights and land reform in the Western Cape Harriët Tienstra and Dik Roth

‘Rent a crowd’ land reform at Survive and Dikgoho land reform projects Limpho Taoana

Locating policies in the daily practices of land reform beneficiaries: the Mighty and Wales land reform farms Malebogo Phetlhu

Where are the youth in land reform? The Vuki case Petunia Khutswane

Land compensation in the upper Kat River valley Robert Ross

In the shadows of the cadastre: family law and custom in Rabula and Fingo Village Rosalie Kingwill

Land reform, tradition and securing land for women in Namaqualand Karin Kleinbooi

PART 3: COMPETING KNOWLEDGE REGIMES IN COMMUNAL AREA AGRICULTURE

What constitutes ‘the agrarian’ in contemporary rural African settlements of the central Eastern Cape? Paul Hebinck and Wim van Averbeke

The Massive Food Production Programme: a case study of agricultural policy continuities and changes Klara Jacobson

The Massive Food Production Programme: does it work? Zamile Madyibi

‘Still feeding ourselves’: everyday practices of the Siyazondla Homestead Food Production Programme in Mbhashe Henning de Klerk

Cultivators in action, Siyazondla in action? Trends and potentials in homestead cultivation Derick Fay

Smallholder irrigation schemes as an agrarian development option for the Cape region Wim van Averbeke and Jonathan Denison

Cattle and rural development in the Eastern Cape: the Nguni project revisited Ntombekhaya Faku and Paul Hebinck

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  1. […] In the shadow of policy, edited by Paul Hebinck (Sociology of Rural Development, Wageningen University) and Ben Cousins (University of the Western Cape, Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies). Published by WITS University Press, see: http://witspress.co.za/catalogue/in-the-shadow-of-policy. […]

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