n Acta Juridica - The changing dynamics of customary land tenure : women's access to and control over land in Botswana

Volume 2011, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



This contribution examines women's access to and control over land in Botswana. It explores the dynamics creating a transformation in women's relationship to land that have come about over time. These include better education and formal- and informal-sector employment that have enabled some women to be more proactive, along with a shift in social attitudes towards the role of women in society. The article highlights the importance of family networks in promoting women's acquisition, development and control of land, revealing diverging trajectories based on family - or genealogical histories that reflect processes of social stratification within the country.

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