Indigenous responses to economic development in Mauritania

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Focuses on the development of an irrigated perimeter in Foum Gleita, Mauritania and the responses of three ethnic groups and the national bureaucracy to the development. The perimeter is gravity fed from a lake created by damming the Gorgol Noir river. The indigenous responses depend both on ethnic affiliation, historical patterns of land tenure, the egalitarian nature of the distribution scheme adopted for the perimeter, and the complexities of the local political situation. The article is placed in the context of a critique of world systems theory. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-74
Number of pages22
JournalUrban Anthropology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Anthropology
  • Urban Studies


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