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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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The Ghost Market

The Ghost Market

Land Titling and Mortgaging After Independence

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

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116021.003.0007

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

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