Call for Papers:
UN-Habitat, The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, concluded that more than one billion people live without any security of tenure in informal settlements in developing countries. While most developed countries have records that cover most of their territories, very few countries in the Global South have such records. This discrepancy underscores the unjust politics of landownership and land distribution that contributed to an inequitable world politics of social progress and human development.
Topics of inquiry can include but are not limited to:
- How race relations impact the accessibility to land and land distribution in marginalized communities?
- How ethnic minority define their rights and access to land in the age of neo-liberalism?
- In which ways, equal citizenship status has been affected by access to land and land rights in countries across the Global South?
- How we can assess the concept of collective landownership and access to land that reside within indigenous people’s cosmovision vs. individualized notion of ownership that increasingly informs the scrambling attitude of corporations to acquire land in the Global South?
- How do these issues continue to play out in the United States in particular and North America in general? In Europe?
- How we can envision alternative and practical aspect of a democratic and collective community-based ownership and access to land, and what that conceptualization would looks like in the age of economic globalization?
- The effectiveness of land-certification projects and other pro-poor legislation for racial and ethnic minorities.
Papers must be received by September, 15, 2011 to be considered for publication in this issue.