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Mortgaging the AncestorsIdeologies of Attachment in Africa$
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Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116021

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116021.001.0001

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Sand and Gold

Sand and Gold

Some Property History and Theory

(p.23) Chapter 2 Sand and Gold
Mortgaging the Ancestors

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter examines and evaluates the discussion and history behind private landholding and mortgage. It attempts to look at what private landholding, mortgage, and their regulation looked like before the ideas were imported as colonial policy into Africa. It examines their context within the British Isles from which they were transplanted, and also in some North American settings through which some of those British traditions, models, and aspirations have indirectly reached Africa. Second, the chapter aims to examine some theories in the social studies and what insights they contribute on that exporting of ideas into Africa. It looks at, for example, the moral propriety of mortgage, particularly regarding how it ought to happen and who ought to enforce the rules. The chapter studies both the optimistic and pessimistic views and theories about private property, credit, and mortgage, and how they are possibly related to theories about social evolution.

Keywords:   private landholding, mortgage, colonial policy, British traditions, social studies, moral propriety, credit, private property, social evolution

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