Displaced: The Human Cost of Development and Resettlement by Olivia Bennett

By Olivia Bennett

A selection of oral histories that demonstrate the lack of cultural continuity, identification, shifts in kinfolk tasks, gender roles and fractured relationships among generations which are just a few of the demanding situations humans face as they try to rebuild lives and communities.

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Eminent domain powers are frequently granted to private companies, enabling them to acquire land and resources and displace communities for projects that are for-profit, rather than being in the public interest, as is intended but is not adequately defined in most land acquisition laws. Disputes over land and resource ownership and the unpicking of complex and overlapping tenurial arrangements are major factors in the development process, and some in government would argue that they are a significant obstacle to economic growth and industrial progress.

Several orthographies existed for some of the San languages used but no literature, except for academic works inaccessible to the speakers themselves. These booklets added accessible material that could be read and listened to by the communities. They were used in language development workshops, and as the San involved began to The Individual Voice / 27 feel more at home with the orthographies, using texts they had been responsible for creating, they were even able to suggest some changes to the linguists.

Understanding and respecting these nuances and getting them right can be crucial to establishing an atmosphere of trust and common purpose. ” Since there is a commitment to communicate narrators’ words to a wider international audience such as the planners, policy-makers, and media who influence development decisions, interviews need to be translated. 4 For various reasons, most of that project’s interview tapes, although recorded in a local language, were transcribed directly into French or English, the official international languages of the Sahelian countries concerned.

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