An Eritrean Village Reacts to Land Reform

An Eritrean Village Reacts to Land Reform

ISBN 978-3-89645-910-7

An Eritrean Village Reacts to Land Reform

Author: David O’Kane.

Series: Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 40

159 pp.
1 colour map of Eritrea, glossary, chronology
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
300 g
€ 29.80

An Eritrean Village Reacts to Land Reform examines the roots of the Eritrean government’s land nationalisation policy – decreed in 1994 but never fully implemented – and the reactions of members of that community to that policy. Those reactions were sceptical, even though the people of this community had adopted the Eritrean national identity offered to them by the new state.

Today, as the problems of national liberation and land reform remain unresolved in Eritrea, O’Kane’s book provides new insights into the relationships between land, identity and politics in today’s Africa and today’s world.


List of Acronyms

Chapter 1
War and Land Reform in Eritrea – the Roots of one Eritrean Village’s Historical Trajectory

Chapter 2
‘We cannot be dependent on just the spirit of the revolution’ – Drafting and Implementing the Land Proclamation

Chapter 3
Embaderho, a Peasant Village in the Eritrean Highlands

Chapter 4
Kinship, Mutual Aid and Land Tenure in Embaderho

Chapter 5
Nationalism, War and Community Identities in Embaderho

Chapter 6
The Community and Land Reform in Embaderho

Chapter 7
Understanding Nationalism and Land Reform in Embaderho, Eritrea and the Twenty-first Century World


David O’Kane
is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, and of Queen’s University Belfast. He has taught in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Russia, New Zealand, Eritrea and Sierra Leone. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany, where he is a member of the research group Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast (West Africa).

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