Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Contested Nationalism and the Crisis of the Nation-State in Somalia Paperback by Abdi Kusow

Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Contested Nationalism and the Crisis of the Nation-State in Somalia Paperback by Abdi Kusow
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This book represents an attempt to introduce the notion of contested national identity as a theoretical framework for understanding the crisis of the nation-state in Africa, and Somalia in particular. The contributors to the volume share the perspective that one of the principal variables that inform much of the present crisis in Somalia resulted from the simultaneous co-existence of two paradigms/narratives (lineage-based versus territorial) of Somaliness that contest the meaning of people, place, and the history on which nationalism is predicated. The volume represents a major shift in the study of Somali historiography in that the contributors challenge the well-known Somali assumption that a common culture can form the basis for national solidarity regardless of the social and political contexts/realities within which the boundaries of the nation are constituted. Informed by this perspective, the contributors to the volume argue that the current social and political crisis in Somalia must be seen as a war over contested ideas and social identities, a conflict of interpretation of who has the right to define the social boundary of Somaliness.

Product Details Paperback: 346 pages Publisher: Red Sea Press (January 2004) Language: English ISBN-10: 1569022038 ISBN-13: 978-1569022030 Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces