Land in South Africa: Contested Meanings and Nation Formation
24 February 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MISTRA is launching its publication on, ‘Land in South Africa: Contested Meanings and Nation Formation’ on the 24th of February 2021.
The edited volume examines how land and agrarian reform impacts nation building, citizenship, and identity formation. The publication draws attention to the limitations of reducing land to a commodity, and how this approach perpetuates social conflict and inequality in land reform policy implementation. Authors posit an alternative policy paradigm, which discusses contested meanings of land and their relation to nation formation. It brings to the fore citizen stakeholder perspectives from former labour tenants, citizens residing in communally owned land, women subsistence farmers, peasant movements and land reform civil society groups.
The launch will include a panel discussion about some of the key themes, trends, and recommendations in the book.