Women, land and justice in Tanzania

Dancer, Helen (2015) Women, land and justice in Tanzania. Eastern Africa Series . James Currey, Woodbridge. ISBN 9781847011138

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Abstract

Recent decades have seen a wave of land law reforms across Africa, in the context of a "land rush" and land-grabbing. But how has this been enacted on the ground and, in particular, how have women experienced this? This book seeks to re-orientate current debates on women's land rights towards a focus on the law in action. Drawing on the author's ethnographic research in the Arusha region of Tanzania, it explores how the country's land law reforms have impacted on women's legal claims to land. Centring on cases involving women litigants, the book considers the extent to which women are realising their interests in land through land courts and follows the progression of women's claims to land - from their social origins through processes of dispute resolution to judgment.

The book explores three central issues. First, it considers the nature of women's claims to land in Tanzanian family contexts, the value of land in an era of land reform and the 'land rush' across Africa, and the extent to which the social issues raised are addressed by Tanzania's current laws and legal system. Secondly, it examines how agency and power relations between social and legal actors engaged in legal processes affect women's access to justice and the progression of claims. Thirdly, it explores Tanzanian concepts of justice and rights and how women's claims have been judged by land courts in practice.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Women's land rights, dispute resolution, legal pluralism, Tanzania, Africa
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
K Law
K Law > KL-KWK Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica > KR Africa
K Law > KL-KWK Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica > KR Africa > KTT Tanzania
Depositing User: Helen Dancer
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 16:15
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 11:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72584

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