Resources and appropriations: Return, after the revolution, to the oases of Jerid (Tunisia)
Original title: Des ressources et des appropriations. Retour, après la révolution, dans les oasis du Jérid (Tunisie)
Article published in Études rurales journal, vol. 2013/2, n°192 (Appropriations des ressources naturelles au sud de la Méditerranée), éditions EHESS, 2013, p. 153-175.
This article follows the conference organized in Beirut in 2011: Conference “Ownership of natural and heritage resources: Competitions and rights of access in the Mediterranean region” and especially the lecture I gave for the occasion, Ownership of resources: a Tunisian update, Back to the oases of the Jerid in 2011.
Issue of Études rurales is edited by Tarik Dahou, Mohamed Elloumi & François Molle.
Up-date:: an official translation is now published, one year later, in the same journal.
Resources and Appropriations: Back to the Jerid Oases (Tunisia) after the Revolution
In the Jerid (oasis region of south-western Tunisia), the dynamics around the resources appropriation vary according to the type of resources considered: some are somewhat beyond its control, for example genes, but the technocratic state has appropriated natural resources such as water and land, through their management. Agriculture in the region is all contained in the oasian palm groves, unique ecosystems. Back in the post-revolutionary summer of 2011 on this fieldwork, it was possible to highlight the most recent dynamics, but also to rethink the concept of appropriation. If the “resource” had already been discussed with the introduction of “socioecological resources”, there was also an opportunity to demonstrate that local interplays are not only about to appropriate material things, but also to appropriate to certain use, to appropriate uses and ways of dealing with the world, and as such the competence may be more easily found in the dominated, the local farmer, than the dominant, holder of the legitimate agronomic knowledge and force.
- Au Jérid (Tunisie), le 30 juillet 2011 à midi dans le quartier de Awled el-Hawadif (© vbat)
- Des ressources et des appropriations. Retour, après la révolution, dans les oasis du Jérid (Tunisie)
- Battesti, Vincent, 2013 — « Des ressources et des appropriations. Retour, après la révolution, dans les oasis du Jérid (Tunisie) ». Études rurales, 2013/2 (192, Appropriations des ressources naturelles au sud de la Méditerranée), p. 153-175 — en ligne: http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00832566