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Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa

Tobias Hagmann (Editor), Didier Peclard (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-9557-0
256 pages
October 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa provides a conceptual framework for analysing dynamic processes of state-making in Africa. 
  • Features a conceptual framework which provides a method for analysing the everyday making, contestation, and negotiation of statehood in contemporary Africa
  • Conceptualizes who negotiates statehood (the actors, resources and repertoires), where these negotiation processes take place, and what these processes are all about
  • Includes a collections of essays that provides empirical and analytical insights into these processes in eight different country studies in Africa
  • Critically reflects on the negotiability of statehood in Africa
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

1 Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa
Tobias Hagmann and Didier Péclard 1

2 Protection for Sale? War and the Transformation of Regulation on the Congo–Ugandan Border
Timothy Raeymaekers 24

3 The Struggle Continues? The Spectre of Liberation, Memory Politics and ‘War Veterans’ in Namibia
Lalli Metsola 49

4 Federal Restructuring in Ethiopia: Renegotiating Identity and Borders along the Oromo–Somali Ethnic Frontiers
Asnake Kefale 74

5 Facing Up to the Centre: The Emergence of Regional Elite Associations in Angola’s Political Transition Process
Inge Ruigrok 95

6 The People, the Power and the Public Service: Political Identification during Guinea’s General Strikes in 2007
Anita Schroven 116

7 The Party and the State: Frelimo and Social Stratification in Post-socialist Mozambique
Jason Sumich 134

8 Maintenant, on sait qui est qui: Statehood and Political Reconfiguration in Northern Côte d’Ivoire
Till Förster 154

9 Negotiating Statehood in a Hybrid Political Order: The Case of Somaliland
Marleen Renders and Ulf Terlinden 177

10 Researching African Statehood Dynamics: Negotiability and its Limits
Martin Doornbos 200

Index 222

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Author Information

Tobias Hagmann is a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Zürich and a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute. He is the co-editor of Contested Power: Traditional Authorities and Multi-party Elections in Ethiopia.

Didier Péclard is Senior Researcher at the Swiss Peace Foundation in Bern, where he works on statehood in societies after violent conflicts, and Lecturer in political science at the University of Basel. He has published extensively on nationalism, religion and state formation in Angola.

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