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  • Author(s)Derek Hall
  • Edition1
  • Published21st December 2012
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
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Land is one of the world's most emotionally resonant resources, and
control over it is fundamental to almost all human activity. From
the local level to the global, we are often in conflict over the
ground beneath our feet. But because human relationships to land
are so complex, it can be difficult to think them through in a
unified way. This path-breaking book aims to change that by
combining insights from multiple disciplines to develop a framework
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Struggles over land, argues Derek Hall, relate to three basic
principles: its role as territory, its status as property, and the
ways in which its use is regulated. This timely introduction
explores key dimensions of these themes, including inter-state wars
over territory, the efforts of non-governmental organizations to
protect property rights and environments in the global South, and
the ?land grabs? attempted by contemporary corporations
and governments. Drawing on a wide range of cases and examples -
from the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the Canadian Arctic,
China?s urban fringe to rural Honduras - the book provides
new ways of thinking about the political dynamics of land in the
21st century.

This richly detailed and authoritative guide will be of interest to
students across the social sciences, as well as anyone interested
in current affairs and contemporary geopolitics.
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