Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Humans and the Land
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
SummaryThe relationships between groups of human beings and the land they occupy have become more heterogeneous and complex than ever. The department “Integration and Conflict” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology studies the logic of collective identification and group formation and the different forms of possessiveness found in these relationships. The key example is taken from the south of Ethiopia, where agro-pastoralists find their land to be taken over by large-scale sugar cane production in the hands of investors from other parts of the country and international investors.