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Negotiating Land Tenure: Cultural Rootedness in Mele, Vanuatu

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Title:Negotiating Land Tenure: Cultural Rootedness in Mele, Vanuatu
Authors:Naupa, Anna Uruknte
Contributors:Suryanata, Krisnawati (advisor)
Geography and Environment (department)
Keywords:land tenure
customary land rights
land management
Date Issued:May 2004
Publisher:[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2004]
Abstract:This thesis examines the interplay of cultural values and socio-economic forces that shape land tenure in the village ofMeIe, Vanuatu. National legislative support for customary land rights empowers villagers to influence land tenure strategies according to their values of land for subsistence, power and identity. Land is fundamental to ni-Vanuatu identity and status, which kastom (traditional) tenure reflects. Demographic change, increasing participation in a cash economy, and land legislation, have the potential to significantly alter the traditional relationship between land rights and kastom. However, the people of Mele remain rooted in the land, cultivating gardens and participating in decision-making about land.
Mele's changing land rights, understood through the examination of socioeconomic and legislative influences on families' decision-making about land management, and the role of the modem village-based land development companies, presents an important case study of villagers successfully integrating cultural values with socioeconomic forces to shape contemporary land tenure.
Description:MA University of Hawaii at Manoa 2004
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 118–122).
Pages/Duration:ix, 122 leaves, bound : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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