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Insurance Against Poverty$
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Stefan Dercon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199276838.001.0001

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The Gradual Erosion of the Social Security Function of Customary Land Tenure Arrangements in Lineage-based Societies

The Gradual Erosion of the Social Security Function of Customary Land Tenure Arrangements in Lineage-based Societies

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(p.247) 12 The Gradual Erosion of the Social Security Function of Customary Land Tenure Arrangements in Lineage-based Societies
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Insurance Against Poverty
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Jean-Philippe Platteau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276838.003.0013

This chapter argues that economic development has eroded the effectiveness of land tenure arrangements in African village societies. It discusses the growing incidence of exclusionary practices, the diminishing role of the commons, and increasing individualization of land tenure rights. It argues that the intervention of central agencies becomes more essential as market development advances.

Keywords:   social security, access rules, village societies, land tenure arrangements, rural societies, Africa, economic development

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