By Haan, de (ed.), Engel, (ed.), Chabal
To stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity past quick socio-economic and political situations this ebook demonstrates that societies in Africa have continuously confirmed the facility to barter no matter what constraining ecological, fiscal and political situations they confronted.
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However, such a narrow understanding of property unnecessarily results in the ‘othering’ of African societies. A wider concept of property, which emphasizes the social and political embeddedness of ownership and allows for a continuum of rights (ranging from mere access to complete alienation) as well as right holders (from individuals to extended families and larger communities), seems more useful (cf. Hann 1998, Lund 2002, von Benda-Beckmann and von Benda-Beckmann 1999). Hobhouse’s early elucidation of the minimal conditions under which control over an object becomes ‘property’, provides a useful starting point: this control ‘must in some sort be recognized, in some sort independent of immediate physical enjoyment, and at some point exclusive of control of other persons’ (1915: 7, quoted in Ingold 1986: 229), or, in other words: property implies social recognition, long-term control and some kind of exclusivity.
Some of his poems were published in book form by Lovedale Press but remained unknown. Poetry in Xhosa was considered long dead: who was interested in such linguistic practices? Who mentioned them in the histories of literature in Southern Africa? Je֎ Opland had studied medieval poetry; he was aware of the debate surrounding the oral nature of Homeric poetry and he realized that what Manisi was doing was exactly what Homeric scholars had studied in the Balkans a few decades earlier. He started to record and to translate Manisi’s poems; he also edited them.
African Alternatives (African-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies) by Haan, de (ed.), Engel, (ed.), Chabal