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Property And Citizenship In South African Land Reform

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Where many anthropologists investigating the changing and contingent nature of citizenship have placed much emphasis on the destiny of migrants or incomers from elsewhere, the author's concern in this chapter is how citizenship is extended or denied to those from within existing national boundaries. The chapter explores a case-post-apartheid South Africa - in which the 'newness' of citizenship derived not from people's being unaccustomed to such a concept, but rather from its having been actively denied to people in the past. The most immediate symbol of citizenship initially lost and now - along with its egalitarian associations - to be restored, was that of land. The first section of the chapter illustrates conflicting views about ownership. Secondly, property and citizenship are linked - but their connections mediated - through forms of patronage.

Keywords: citizenship; landed property; South African society



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