Peoples' Spaces and State Spaces

Peoples' Spaces and State Spaces : Land and Governance in Mozambique

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Based on the detailed examination of the history of four Mozambican rural communities and on the experience of nine years working in the country, Galli shows the capacity of the rural societies to govern the land they occupy, to control the basic aspects of their communal life and to transform their livelihoods in reponse to market opportunities across the last several hundred years and contrasts this with the attempts of those who grabbed the land, displaced its people, and then sought to remedy the consequences through centralized planning. Part Two of the book casts light upon post civil war efforts to bring governmental and rurla society into a more harmonious relationship and offers its own strategy for reanimating local life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 23mm | 549g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739106325
  • 9780739106327
  • 2,091,566

About Rosemary Elizabeth Galli

Rosemary Elizabeth Galli is the coordinator of the sociology module of the Master's Program in Development Management sponsored by the International Labour Organization and the University of Torino, Italy. She has authored five books and has worked as a consultant for most of the major development agencies and was an advisor to the government of Mozambique during the 1990s.show more

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Rosemary Galli's Peoples' Spaces and State Spaces is an interesting book that raises important questions for the present and future of Mozambique and its people. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online ...the result of a many years work on the ground by a specialist in rural sociology and other disciplines that have an impact on village communities which she helped to self-develop. This is more than a book of erudition, of imprecations or claims, this is a rehabilitation of a sacrificed peasant world. African Geopolitics Rosemary E. Galli's well-researched book represents a compassionate plea for Mozambique's rural poor - the majority of the country's population. With circumspection and in-depth knowledge she makes the case for their empowerment, inter alia, through democratic decentralization and organization at grass-root level around key issues: land, credit, and marketing. The book is a most timely and necessary contribution to the poverty reduction discussion in Mozambique, which tends to sideline one key player: the rural community. -- Bernhard Weimer, Swiss Development Cooperation, Maputo, Mozambiqueshow more

Table of contents

Part 1 Organizing Rural Space Chapter 2 In the Shadow of Unango Mountain Chapter 3 Gorongosa: Mountain Rebels Chapter 4 Mossurize: Gungunhana's Men Chapter 5 Matutuine: Living with the Elephants Chapter 6 Resettlement, 1995-1999 Part 7 Creating Democratic Spaces Chapter 8 Governing Mozambique Chapter 9 INDER and Participatory Planning Chapter 10 Decentralized Planning: Various Donor Approaches in the Late 1990s Chapter 11 Decentralized Planning: The View from the Field Chapter 12 From Participatory Planning to Empowermentshow more

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