2017 2017年度 研究助成プログラム Research Grant Program 2017  /  (B)個人研究助成  
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(Project Title)
Remaking of Communities at the Edge of Capitalist Frontiers: An ethnographic case study of displacement in Mozambique
大築 圭
Kei Otsuki
Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 Forcibly displaced populations are on the rise worldwide, induced by armed conflicts, environmental crises associated with climate change and global capitalist development accelerating a phenomenon of "land grabbing". While previous studies have mainly focused on procedural equity and economic compensation involved in the displacement and resettlement process, the social-cultural and political remaking of resettled communities have remained an unexplored terrain. This research project first conceptualizes land grabbing as capitalist frontier expansion by which displaced and resettled communities are forced to thrive on the edge of this frontier. Second, it aims to explore and show how people constituting the resettled communities achieve distributional justice from the periphery. More specifically, the project elaborates on a case study of a community resettled from the Limpopo National Park created for tourism development in southern Mozambique. Using ethnographic methods that enable longitudinal observation, the project follows processes through which the community interacts with investors, the local government and neighbouring communities, and pursues livelihood recovery and community development in the new destination. Through this case study, the project considers how new modes of thinking around the displaced community at the edge of the capitalist frontiers can provide for generating new values for society, based on responsible foreign investments and international assistance for community reconstruction.

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