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

The Ghost Market

The Ghost Market

Land Titling and Mortgaging After Independence

(p.148) Chapter 7 The Ghost Market
Mortgaging the Ancestors

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the promise that national governments made to farmers regarding the registry of their land as private property—and how these rural people allowed their governments to do so because of the hope of obtaining farm loans on the security of their land titles. As the authors of the Swynnerton Plan theorized, the temptation given by the government is palpable enough to farmer or financier. This hope, then, of the rural people plays an important part of the popular lore surrounding the tenure reform in Kenya. The Lawrance Mission on Land Consolidation and Registration in Kenya noted in 1966 how misleading propaganda leads people away from the opportunities that registration gives them: the opportunity that every farmer can get a title deed and thereafter a loan to develop his field. Thus, this chapter looks at just how these promises have played out in reality.

Keywords:   private property, registration, propaganda, Swynnerton Plan, farm loans, Lawrance Mission on Land Consolidation and Registration, title deed

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.