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Violent capitalism and hybrid identity in the Eastern Congo: power to the margins


Raeymaekers, Timothy (2014). Violent capitalism and hybrid identity in the Eastern Congo: power to the margins. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Abstract

This book suggests a radically new reading of Central Africa’s violent crisis. Written from the vantage point of actors who stand in the middle of it – transnational cross-border traders – it traces back today’s violent rule patterns to a tumultuous history of extraeconomic accumulation, armed rebellion, and de facto public authority operating in the margins of regional state powers. Based on a decade of sociological research in the region, the originality of this book lies in its neat focus on cultural and economic uncertainty as a driver of political action. Exploring the profound social changes that have taken shape in this region over the past century, it explains how certain actors have taken a central place and how others are marginalized in the reformulation of political authority at the local and cross-border levels. Through an in-depth analysis of Eastern Congo’s turbulent history, it offers new ways to think about the relationships between public authority, armed conflict, and international intervention.

Abstract

This book suggests a radically new reading of Central Africa’s violent crisis. Written from the vantage point of actors who stand in the middle of it – transnational cross-border traders – it traces back today’s violent rule patterns to a tumultuous history of extraeconomic accumulation, armed rebellion, and de facto public authority operating in the margins of regional state powers. Based on a decade of sociological research in the region, the originality of this book lies in its neat focus on cultural and economic uncertainty as a driver of political action. Exploring the profound social changes that have taken shape in this region over the past century, it explains how certain actors have taken a central place and how others are marginalized in the reformulation of political authority at the local and cross-border levels. Through an in-depth analysis of Eastern Congo’s turbulent history, it offers new ways to think about the relationships between public authority, armed conflict, and international intervention.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:04 Dec 2014 09:28
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 06:34
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages:191
ISBN:978-1-107-08207-6
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139976862
Related URLs:http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/african-government-politics-and-policy/violent-capitalism-and-hybrid-identity-eastern-congo-power-margins (Publisher)

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