Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mortgaging the AncestorsIdeologies of Attachment in Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116021

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116021.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 17 May 2022



Property, Improperty, and the Mortgage

(p.223) Chapter 10 Conclusion
Mortgaging the Ancestors

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter takes the insights taken and derived from the study and analysis of the Kenyan land tenure reform—the first nationwide attempt in Africa to individualize or privatize landholding. The case of Kenya offers an instructive test case of a 1950s-style modernization scheme based on nineteenth-century evolutionist ideas. In a sense, this bold scheme was not simply a program to title land, but can be considered to have played a role in the broader attempt to rationalize a peasantry, quell social dissent, boost an economy, modernize a way of life, and build a nation. As the previous chapters have shown, however, the land tenure reform is undergoing a slow and difficult process. This slowness is attributed to the difficulty of obtaining reliable data—a difficulty that can be seen as evidence that this idea of reform does not fit African cultural, social, or ecological realities as well. The chapter takes a look at the effects of mortgage and how it has affected African culture and society.

Keywords:   Kenyan land tenure reform, privatize landholding, evolutionist ideas, peasantry, land tenure reform

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.