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The Role of Social Representations in the Production and Application of the Law: A Case Study of Property Law in Senegal

Caroline Plançon

in Law and Anthropology

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580910
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0012

Series: Current Legal Issues

 The Role of Social Representations in the Production and Application of the Law: A Case Study of Property Law in Senegal

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This chapter examines property law in Senegal. It begins by presenting some of the conceptual specificities used in the study. It then analyzes different concrete examples in both rural and urban settings in order to arrive at a better understanding of the situation in Senegal. The cases study on the process of land registration and soil management by independent State authorities provides a better understanding of how legal practices that were initially foreign to the Senegalese inhabitants became steadily incorporated, after some modification, into local practices. The registration process is especially revelatory because it is a vehicle for a representation of land use that differs from the native traditional conception, and yet this process has been re-appropriated by inhabitants who see in it a means by which a more secure law can be obtained. The dominant attitude of acculturation and the blending together of legal practices are also apparent in the spatial organization of urban areas.

Keywords: Senegal; property law; land tenure; Senegalese legal culture; land registration

Chapter.  10111 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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