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History and contemporary displacement in Suva's informal settlements

Weber, Eberhard and Koto, Camari and Kopf, Andreas and Pickering-Bhagwan, Maelin and Nawaqalevu, Asenaca and Halter, Nicholas and Vamosi, Koini (2023) History and contemporary displacement in Suva's informal settlements. In: Routledge Handbook of Global Land and Resource Grabbing. Routledge, London, pp. 386-400. ISBN 9781003080916

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Urban areas are products of history. They have been created by processes, power structures and interests that have emerged over time. Access to and control over urban land are important issues in which conflicts reveal the interests of different stakeholders. In such contexts, urban land security for poorer sections of society is particularly crucial. Fiji’s land tenure systems have developed over the course of 3,000 years of human settlement. Land grabbing in the 1860s resulted in the restructuring of Indigenous land tenure. Today around 90 percent of the land in Fiji belongs to Indigenous Fijians. Yet Fiji’s capital Suva has only 10% of its land area classified as native land. This chapter provides a historical sketch of land ownership in Suva. It asks why and how land grabbing eliminated native land from this part of Fiji and considers how the historic evolution of the system has impacted Suva in more recent decades. The chapter focuses on those people who live in informal settlements, where housing expenses are low.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS)
School of Business and Management (SBM)
School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Camari Koto
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2023 00:52
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2023 00:52

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