Cooking Alice’s Beans: An Expanded Understanding of the Struggle for Land Along the DWA Lines

Authors: Sarah Anderson*, Bemidji State University
Topics: Political Geography, Africa, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: Kenya, Land Disputes, Social Capital, Political Geography, Indigenous People, Sense of Place
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Astor Ballroom II, Astor, 2nd Floor
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Western ideologies and practices of boundaries and property ownership are often intact for government processes. A recent rewrite of the Kenyan Constitution has emboldened a primarily Akamba population to reclaim land in Kibwezi Division amidst its’ decades-old struggle with the Dwa Estate, a large commercial sisal plantation. Claims and counterclaims to boundaries on the landscape energize and are energized by practices that paradoxically ultimately volatilize any notion of bounded space. This presentation explores the reality local groups face in their fight for land, largely effected by political corruption and disregard for traditional lands, taking into consideration the complexity created by a plethora of beginnings and endings on the landscape.

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