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From Land to MouthThe Agricultural "Economy" of the Wola of the New Guinea Highlands$
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Paul Sillitoe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300142266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300142266.001.0001

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Land Tenure and the Collective-Interests Individual

Land Tenure and the Collective-Interests Individual

(p.85) Chapter 4 Land Tenure and the Collective-Interests Individual
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about land tenure arrangements and aims to show how people notice its supply. It is stated that land and its availability is a core feature of an agricultural economy, and that the New Guinea Highlanders have placed an element of movement to land despite its immovability. The chapter starts with a basic background of land tenure, before examining the rules that control land tenure within the Wola region. Land disputes and sem corporate groups are discussed next, as well as the identity that the people have with their land. The politics surrounding land tenure, including the issue of boundaries, round up the discussion.

Keywords:   land tenure, arrangements, agricultural economy, movement, rules, land disputes, sem corporate groups, identity, boundaries

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