Examining sources of land tenure (in)security. A focus on authority relations, state politics, social dynamics and belonging

Anni Valkonen

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This article reviews the current state of literature on the notion of security of tenure of land. This examination is topical as tenure security has become a key objective for land policies and development interventions. While tenure security is widely defined by people’s perceptions, land policies tend to address it through the registration and administration of land rights. The article argues that these practices ignore the complexity of the sources of tenure (in)security. Building on critical development literature of political ecology, social anthropology and political science, these sources are identified as stemming from the politics of land and linked to authority relations, state politics, social dynamics and belonging. The article concludes that their consideration enables us to contextualise perceptions of tenure security and to conceive practices for securing tenure.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105191
JournalLand Use Policy
Early online date29 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • Tenure security
  • Practices for securing tenure
  • Land tenure
  • Land administration
  • Land policies

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