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Land is a metaphor for freedom

Rural communities have, in many ways and for some time, been part of visionary politics and engagement with the state.

They have had significant successes in their resistance to laws that dispossess them of meaningful citizenship and their inalienable rights to land.

They have pushed back the state-defined imposition of customary law centred on traditional leadership.

Many of these struggles and victories remain unknown because, even in 2017, few are able to imagine poor people possessing agency and capable of rebellion.

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