The book reveals that `informal' and customary property systems can be well organised, often providing substantial tenure security, but lack official recognition and support. This makes them difficult to service and vulnerable to elite capture. Policy interventions usually aim to formalise these arrangements by issuing title deeds. The case studies in this book, which span both rural and urban contexts in South Africa, examine these interventions and the unintended consequences they often give rise to. Interventions based on an understanding of locally embedded property relations are more likely to succeed than those that attempt to transform them into registered tenures. However, emerging practices hit intractable obstacles associated with the `edifice', which only a substantial transformation of the legal paradigms can overcome.
Publisher: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
Number of pages: 432
Dimensions: 230 x 150 mm
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