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SWOP Researcher Wins Prestigious Journal Prize

SWOP is delighted to announce that Gavin Capps has been awarded the Bernstein and Byres Prize in Agrarian Change for the best article published in the Journal of Agrarian Change in 2016. Titled ‘Tribal-Landed Property: The Value of the Chieftaincy in Contemporary Africa’, the article seeks to develop a materialist analysis of the new forms of rentier appropriation that have increasingly centred on the chieftaincy in the context of the ‘second scramble’ for Africa’s mineral and other natural resources, and, in so doing, conceptually locate ‘communal’ land relations within the rubric of value relations – a notable lacunae in current debates about the colonial formation and contemporary reform

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