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Unfinished business: Customary Land Individualization in Olilit Village, Tanimbar Islands


  • Shantiko, Bayuni


This research discusses the transformation in customary tenure toward commercialization and appropriation in Olilit village, Tanimbar Islands. The study analyzes several factors leading to the customary institutional change. It also looks at the roles of actors shaping the changes and how the actor mostly the elites usurp the benefit from the process. Since the process of individualization has been a widespread trend and seems to be inevitable in the future, the research suggests the community to think carefully regarding their decision toward customary land. Any decisions they made should be based on voluntary with sufficient information at hand. This research also suggests the community to invest themselves in order to deal with the livelihood change after having no access to the land.

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  • Shantiko, Bayuni, 2006. "Unfinished business: Customary Land Individualization in Olilit Village, Tanimbar Islands," MPRA Paper 933, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:933

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    customary land; commercialization; individualization; rural development; urban development; land use;

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    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment


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