At the center of many of Africa's violent conflicts are movements that do not seem to fit any established theories of armed resistance. "African Guerrillas" offers new models for understanding these movements, eschewing one-dimensional explanations. The authors build on - and in some cases debate - the insights provided in Christopher Clapham's groundbreaking work. They find a new generation of fighters - one that reflects rage against the machinery of a dysfunctional state. Their analysis of this phenomenon, combining thematic chapters and a range of representative case studies, is a crucial contribution to any effort to understand Africa's war-torn societies.
Morten Boas is researcher at Fafo - Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo. His recent publications include Global Institutions and Development: Framing the World? and New and Critical Security and Regionalism: Beyond the Nation State. Kevin C. Dunn is assistant professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is author of Imagining the Congo: The International Relations of Identity and coeditor of Identity and Global Politics: Theoretical and Empirical Elaborations.
Introduction - the Editors. African Guerrilla Politics: Raging Against the Machine? - K.C. Dunn. Marginalized Youth - M. Boas. Whither the Separatist Motive? - P. Englebert. Liberia: The LURDs of the New Church - W.S. Reno. Cote d'Ivoire: Negotiating Identity and Citizenship - R. Banegas and R. Marshall-Fratani. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Militarized Politics in a "Failed" State - D.M. Tull. Uganda: The Lord's Resistance Army - K.C. Dunn. Sudan: The Janjawiid and Government Militias - O.H. Rolandsen. Senegal: The Resilience of Weakness in Casamance - V. Foucher. Angola: How to Lose a Guerrilla War - A. Malaquias. African Guerrillas Revisited - C. Clapham.
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