Abstract in English


Government of nature and government of people in Gwendégué
(Center-West of Burkina Faso)

Jean-Pierre Jacob

Chargé de cours, Institut Universitaire d'Études du Développement (Genève), IRD, Burkina Faso

The article examines the dynamics and forms of production of the social order in the Winye of Burkina Faso. The analysis is based on a study of the distribution of rights over natural ressources. Issues of collective action that allow a frontier society to establish itself and reproduce are shown to be resolved by means of setting up altars associated with a particular space and a diversified property regime that makes resources a possession that is at once common and private.

Key-words : land rights - political construction - common property - collective action - Winye - Gwendégué - Burkina Faso.