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Hosts And The Acquisition Of Land

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This chapter focuses on the gendered nature of land access among hosts through the use of a number of biographies. This will entail an examination of the various ways in which hosts gain access to and establish rights in land. The chapter highlights the complex and varied nature that claims to land can take, both in terms of the different parties involved and the nature of their claims, the author begins with the story of a local land dispute. 'Cultural norms and practices have effectively barred women from land ownership and from decisions regarding allocation and usage of land'. The chapter focuses on the key features of customary land law and highlighted the ambiguity surrounding notions of ownership and usufruct in Gambian land tenure.

Keywords: customary land law; Gambian



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