Why we need the concept of land-grab-induced displacement

Thomson, Frances (2014) Why we need the concept of land-grab-induced displacement. Journal of Internal Displacement, 4 (2). pp. 42-65. ISSN 1920-5805

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This paper challenges the traditional threefold classification of forced migration, and proposes a new concept: land-grab-induced displacement. The concept sheds light on issues that are shrouded by the conventional typology. Displacement, frequently treated as the ‘collateral damage’ of war and climate change, or an unfortunate sacrifice necessitated by ‘development’, may often be better understood as part of the political economy of land. The notion of land-grab-induced displacement encapsulates cases in which people are forcibly uprooted primarily so that others can control the land and its resources. The argument draws on three examples –from Colombia, Ethiopia and Southeast Asia post-tsunami- in order to highlight the limitations of the standard categorisation, and the need to better integrate land questions into our analytical frameworks of forced displacement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: forced displacement; land grabbing; critical political economy
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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Depositing User: Frances Thomson
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 18:34
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53268

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