Land Reform in South Africa: An Uneven Transformation

Land Reform in South Africa: An Uneven Transformation


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This thoughtful book explores the history and ongoing dilemmas of land use and land reform in South Africa. Including both theoretical and applied examples of the evolution of South Africa’s current geography of land use, the authors provide a succinct overview of land reform and evaluate the range of policies conceived over time to redress the country’s stark racial land imbalance. Drawing on compelling case studies from across South Africa, they illustrate not only the progress of land reform, but also how reforms fit within the larger historical context of racialized land use. This is the first book of its kind to fully apply geographical theory to the case of South African land reform. Rather than rely on one-dimensional technicist explanations to discuss the shortcomings of the country’s land reform program, this rich study places it in the context of bitter battles between groups seeking to exploit land policies for their own benefit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442207165
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brent McCusker is associate professor of geography at West Virginia University. William G. Moseley is professor of geography at Macalester College. Maano Ramutsindela is professor in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

1 The Multiple Meanings of Land and Agrarian Change 1

Part I Theorizing Land Reform and Agrarian Change 9

2 Theoretical Insights for Land Reform 11

3 The Making of Land Policy before 1948 39

4 Post-1948 Land Questions and Territorial Dominance 57

5 Space, Race, and the fall and Rise of Hegemonic Blocs 75

Part II The Ideals versus the Realities of Land Reform 93

6 Continuity and change in the Former Bantustans 97

7 Land Reform, Farmworkers, and Commercial Farming Areas 123

8 Tenure Reform and Small-Scale Agriculture in the "Coloured Reserves" 139

9 The Land Question in National Parks 153

10 The Urban Built Environment and Land Claims 167

11 Conclusion: Land Reform for What? Reengaging Epistemological and Pragmatic Questions 179

References 189

Index 203

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