The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya (Eastern Africa #49) (Paperback)

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The Struggle for Land and Justice in Kenya (Eastern Africa #49) (Paperback)


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Finalist for the African Studies Association's 2021 Best Book Prize.
Explores the limits of law in changing unequal land relations in Kenya.

Why, despite the introduction of new land laws beginning in 2012, has there been an increase in land grabbing in Kenya? Why has legislation failed to address long standing grievances about grossly unequal land distribution? This important book suggests that questions of justice should be central to discussions of African land reform. Constitutional reformers in Kenya promised transformative changes in land relations. However, the reality has disappointed. Land law reforms since 2010 have been more concerned with the administration of land and with bureaucratic power than with the real consequences of unequal access to land for ordinary Kenyans. Manji documents this thwarted struggle and surveys the prospects for genuine change.

Published in association with the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Ambreena Manji is Professor of Land Law and Development at the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University. Between 2010 and 2014, she was Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Her books include The Politics of Land Reform in Africa (2006).

Vita Books: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and South Africa.

Product Details ISBN: 9781847013446
ISBN-10: 1847013449
Publisher: James Currey
Publication Date: October 18th, 2022
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Eastern Africa