Pastoral Rangeland Privatization and Women's Well-Being: A Gendered Analysis of Tenure Transformations among the Maasai of Southern Kenya

Summary

The Kenyan pastoral rangelands are undergoing tenure reform, changing from customary systems of communal management to the privatization and allocation of individual freehold title. This process has stirred up considerable debate among scholars, policy makers, and pastoralists, with many warning of impending crises of livelihood disruption and advocating for a return to the customary collective land tenure systems. At the academic and policy levels, the voices and perspectives of female pastoralists in this debate are remarkably absent. Yet, locally, among the Maasai in Kenya, many women are increasingly voicing their concern and resistance to the idea of returning to the customary system, a system many feel subjugates women?s rights over resources under the authority of men. Rather, many Maasai women see privatization as a possible opportunity to gain access to and control over (new) productive resources. This VENI seeks to explore the neglected gendered dimensions of rangeland tenure reform and to investigate the impacts that privatization has on women?s well-being. To do so, I will employ an innovative comparative, ethnographic, and mixed method approach in three communities I have been working in since 2003. Shedding light on the gendered dynamics of rangeland tenure reform will not only contribute to our theoretical understanding of pastoralism, property rights, natural resource management, and institutional change, but will also contribute a critical lens to the on-going policy debates as to which type of tenure institutions best secures pastoralists' rights to land, ensures their access to productive resources, and contributes to their well-being.

Output

Book or monography

  • C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform:

Chapter in book

  • D. Sick, C.S. Archambault, S Matter, S.K. Ole Riamit, J.G. Galaty(2014): Rural Livelihoods, Regional Economies and Processes of Change pp. 58 - 84 , New York
  • C.S. Archambault, C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform: Gender Impacts pp. 13 - 16 , London
  • C.S. Archambault, C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform: Gender Impacts pp. 1 - 12 , London
  • C.S. Archambault, C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform: Gender Impacts pp. 217 - 220 , London
  • C.S. Archambault, C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform: Gender Impacts pp. 201 - 216 , London
  • C.S. Archambault, C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform: Gender Impacts pp. 147 - 151 , London
  • C.S. Archambault, C.S. Archambault, A Zoomers, A Zoomers(2015): Global Trends in Land Tenure Reform: Gender Impacts pp. 71 - 73 , London

Scientific article

  • C.S. Archambault(2011): Ethnographic Empathy and the Social Context of Rights: ?Rescuing? Maasai Girls from Early Marriage American Anthropologist pp. 632 - 643
  • C.S. Archambault(2013): "I?ll Be Home for Christmas" Sustainability pp. 3665 - 3678
  • C.S. Archambault(2014): Holistic and Humane Pre-Primary Provisions Child Abuse & Neglect pp. 180 - 191
  • C.S. Archambault(2014): Young Perspectives on Pastoral Rangeland Privatization European Journal of Development Studies pp. 204 - 218

Publication meant for a broad audience

  • C.S. Archambault, J.G. Galaty(2014): Land Loss
  • C.S. Archambault(2014): Competent, But Ignored: Bringing Maasai Youth into Land Tenure Decision Making

Details

Project number

451-10-037

Main applicant

Dr. C.S. Archambault

Affiliated with

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geowetenschappen, Departement Sociale Geografie en Planologie

Team members

Dr. C.S. Archambault, Dr. C.S. Archambault

Duration

01/05/2011 to 14/07/2015