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Changing Identifications and Alliances in North-east Africa: Volume II: Sudan, Uganda, and the Ethiopia-Sudan Borderlands

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Changing Identifications and Alliances in North-east Africa

Volume II: Sudan, Uganda, and the Ethiopia-Sudan Borderlands

Edited by Günther Schlee and Elizabeth E. Watson

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With contributions by many of the leading scholars of the region, these volumes convey both the distinctiveness of these diverse communities and their mutual relationships and reciprocal influences, thus providing an analytical handbook to this important region.  ·  African Studies Review

“…both theoretically and ethnographically, these volumes present a major contribution to contemporary anthropology, as well as social sciences in general.  ·  Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology

“This in an excellent volume … [that] brings together papers of a uniformly high standard by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable scholars working on this region. ... The papers more than demonstrate the complexity and dynamism of identifications in the region and clearly reflect the insight and experience of long-term researchers in the field. ... It is an original and valuable collection ... which provides a sensitive and nuanced exploration of the meaning of identity in everyday lives as well as in relation to conflict and government.”  ·  Cherry Leonardi, Durham University


Forms of group identity play a prominent role in everyday lives and politics in north-east Africa. These volumes provide an interdisciplinary account of the nature and significance of ethnic, religious, and national identity in north-east Africa. Case studies from Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya illustrate the way that identities are formed and change over time, and how local, national, and international politics are interwoven. Specific attention is paid to the impact of modern weaponry, new technologies, religious conversion, food and land shortages, international borders, civil war, and displacement on group identities. Drawing on the expertise of anthropologists, historians and geographers, these volumes provide a significant account of a society profoundly shaped by identity politics and contribute to a better understanding of the nature of conflict and war, and forms of alliance and peacemaking, thus providing a comprehensive portrait of this troubled region.

Günther Schlee was a Professor at Bielefeld until 1999. He currently is the director of the section Integration and Conflict at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, focusing on Africa, Central Asia, and Europe. His publications include Identities on the Move: Clanship and Pastoralism in Northern Kenya (International African Institute, 1989), How Enemies are Made (Berghahn, 2008), Rendille Proverbs in their Social and legal Context (with Karaba Sahado) and Boran Proverbs in their Cultural Context (with Abdullahi Shongolo) (both Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe).

Elizabeth E. Watson is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines environment and development issues, mainly in Eastern Africa. Most of her work in Ethiopia has been among the Konso. Recent publications include: 'Local Community, Legitimacy, and Cultural Authenticity in Postconflict Natural Resource Management: Ethiopia and Mozambique’ in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2006 (with R. Black), and 'Making a Living in the Post-Socialist Periphery: Konso, Ethiopia' in Africa, 2006.

Related Link: See Also: Volume I
Subject: Peace & Conflict Studies General Anthropology General Geography
Area: Africa Middle East & Israel


List of Maps, Plates, Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations

Elizabeth E. Watson and Günther Schlee

Part I. Raiding, War and Peace, Sudan and Northern Uganda

1. The Nuer Civil Wars
Douglas H. Johnson

2. Peace and Puzzlement: Grass-roots Peace Initiatives between the Nuer and Dinka of South Sudan
Sharon Elaine Hutchinson

3. The Experience of Violence and Pastoralist Identity in Southern Karamoja
Sandra Gray

Part II. Politics of Kinship and Marriage, Sudan and Northern Kenya

4. Endogamy and Alliance in Northern Sudan
Janice Boddy

5. Descent and Descent Ideologies: The Blue Nile Area (Sudan) and Northern Kenya Compared
Günther Schlee

Part III. Encounters with Modernity, Sudan and Sudan–Ethiopia Borderlands

6. The Rise and Decline of Lorry Driving in the Fallata Migrant Community of Maiurno on the Blue Nile
Al-Amin Abu-Manga

7. Mbororo (Fulɓe) Migrations from Sudan into Ethiopia
Dereje Feyissa and Günther Schlee

Part IV. Displacement, Refuge and Identification

8. Conflict and Identity Politics: The Case of Anywaa–Nuer Relations in Gambela, Western Ethiopia
Dereje Feyissa

9. The Cultural Resilience in Nuer Conversion and a ‘Capitalist Missionary’
Christiane Falge

10. Changing Identifications among the Pari Refugees in Kakuma
Eisei Kurimoto

11. Crossing Points: Journeys of Transformation on the Sudan–Ethiopian Border
Wendy James

Notes on Contributors

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