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Making Ubumwe

Power, State and Camps in Rwanda's Unity-Building Project

Andrea Purdekov√°

306 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-832-6 $100.00/£71.00 Hb Published (October 2015)

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FINALIST FOR THE AFRICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION 2016 BETHWELL A. OGOT BOOK PRIZE

“Against the backdrop of Rwanda’s complex post-genocide setting, Purdeková explores the unity-building attempts through which a ‘New Rwanda’ is being created. The visions and dominant ideology that underpin the national project, along with the strategies being deployed to achieve it, are addressed with rich detail and precision. This ethnographic study also offers a fine account of daily politics as lived by Kigali residents.”  ·  Johan Pottier, SOAS, University of London

Since the end of the Rwandan genocide, the new political elite has been challenged with building a unified nation. Reaching beyond the better-studied topics of post-conflict justice and memory, the book investigates the project of civic education, the upsurge of state-led neo-traditional institutions and activities, and the use of camps and retreats shape the “ideal” Rwandan citizen. Rwanda’s ingando camps offer unique insights into the uses of dislocation and liminality in an attempt to anchor identities and desired political roles, to practically orient and symbolically place individuals in the new Rwandan order, and, ultimately, to create additional platforms for the reproduction of political power itself.

Andrea Purdeková is Departmental Lecturer in African Politics at the African Studies Centre, School of Interdisciplinary and Area Studies, University of Oxford.

Series: Volume 34, Forced Migration
Subject: General Anthropology Refugee & Migration Studies Development Studies
Area: Africa

LC: HN795.Z9C7378 2015

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; POL042000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ideologies/General; POL003000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Civics & Citizenship

BIC: JFF Social issues & processes; JP Politics & government




Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Glossary

Map I: Rwanda
Map II: The Layout of Nkumba Ingando Camp

PART I: INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. Kubaka Ubumwe: Building Unity in a Divided Society
Chapter 2. Settling the Unsettled: The Politics and Policing of Meaning in Rwanda

PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS

Chapter 3. The Wording of Power: Legitimisation as Narrative Currency and Political Intimation
Chapter 4. The Presencing Effect: Surveillance and State Reach in Rwanda
Chapter 5. Incorporation, Disconnect: The Embodiments of Power and the Unworking of Contestation

PART III: MAKING ‘UBUMWE’: THE IMAGERIES, PLANNING AND PERFORMANCES OF ‘UNITY’ IN RWANDA

Chapter 6. Unity’s Multiplicities: Ambiguity at Work
Chapter 7. Performances and Platforms: Activities of Unity and Reconciliation in the Contexts of Power
Chapter 8. Ingando Camps: Nation Building as Consent Building
Chapter 9. Rights of Passage: Liminality and the Reproduction of Power

PART IV: CONCLUSIONS

Chapter 10. The Yeast of Change: Civic Education, Social Transformation and the New Development Corps
Chapter 11. What Kind of Unity? Prospects for Co-existence, Social Justice and Peace

Bibliography
Index

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