The History of Dispossession at Orania and the Politics of Land Restitution in South Africa

  title={The History of Dispossession at Orania and the Politics of Land Restitution in South Africa},
  author={Edward Cavanagh},
  journal={Journal of Southern African Studies},
  pages={391 - 407}
  • E. Cavanagh
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • History
  • Journal of Southern African Studies
This article takes for its subject a small piece of land on the southern banks of the middle Orange River, which has been known in the last few decades as ‘Orania’. A human history of its longue durée is presented, tracking the relationship between people and land, from San occupation right up to the introduction of individualist understandings of private property by European settlers. This is a history of dispossession that carries on into the twentieth century, when the land in question… 
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