This Introduction is divided into three sections. The first section sets out the context, significance and themes of this volume. The second section reviews the spread and potential reach of communal property, exploring the eclectic mix of institutions, resources and patterns of resource use and management which can be brought under the ‘communal property’ banner. The third section emphasises the importance of examining the nature of communities and highlights the possibilities and challenges of vesting the power of governing communal resources in communities.
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