Call for Papers: Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts: “Land Ownership and Tenure”

Call for Papers:

UN-Habitat, 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.

The politics of access to and exploitation of land and natural resources assume fundamental relations of power control and policy of social inclusion; however, both notions imply and consolidate that the access to land and landownership, particularly in the Global South, reflects broader patterns of intra-institutional dynamics that explain how marginality and socio-political exclusion take place within countries and in the global stage. Understanding these dynamics, in the context of landownership, enable us to recognize who benefiting from current global politics of unequal developmental process that often requires access to, and ownership of public land. 

One might asks where we can draw the lines amongst legal access and normative rights to land, and the epistemological narrative (such as truth, believe and justification) that legitimize grabbing of public land in the name of social and economic progress. In other words, how the logic of landownership could be defined in increasingly diverse world that governs by a single economic ideology of market liberalization.

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.

Please send manuscript publications to the managing editor: Leslie Shortlidge  See Style Guidelines at

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Leslie Shortlidge


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