A vast literature on social evolution has assumed the inevitability of centralization. This place has long produced bounty for militarized entrepreneurs and raiders from neighboring areas, who seek resources, land, and labor. Through participant observation, interviews, and archival analysis, my research tracks the multiple forms of governance that operate in this borderland area and their implications for conceptions of sovereignty, the state, and international law. Never claimed by any centralizing forces, the area has instead long been used as a reservoir of resources by neighboring areas’ militarized entrepreneurs, who seek this forest-savanna’s goods. Failure to appreciate these non-centralized micropolitical processes is a main reason peacebuilding efforts such as disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration in the region have failed.
It is this apparent contradiction that is the subject of this article. Travelers may be stopped by robbers who ” cut ” the road into segments de-marcated by the robbers’ mobile barriers hence the French name for these bandits: The article focuses on the prevalence of popular punishment and vengeance, which have long histories as elements of statecraft in the CAR and have become even more widespread amid the generalized insecurity and anomie that have set in over the past few decades. Navigation challenges, especially the process of traversing roadblocks, often came to the forefront in my conversations with travelers in the CAR’s remote northeastern zones. If lucky and well connected, they hitch a ride on the NGO vehicles that have come to the area since armed rebellions began in , or with notables, like capital-based officials who infrequently come to the zone on mission. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Rebecca Hardin, University of Michigan.
Throughout these various raiders’ projects, the idea of the all-powerful state serves as a reference point they use to qualify themselves with sovereign authorities.
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Diseertation recent anthropological literature on arms-carrying and violence has sought to understand these undertakings as modes of labour and work.
Making Sense of the Central African Republic more. This article explores the politics of roadblocks in the northeastern reaches of the Central African Republic.
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22 3: Today, raiding in CAR ties into global trade networks, and bumps up against, though also feeds off, transnational conflict prevention and humanitarian regimes. My project focuses on raiding and sovereignty in the northeastern borderlands of the Central African Republic CARon the margins of Darfur. But their actions as rulers undermine the creation of the unitary political authority they desire and invoke. Claiming Entitled Personhood in Central Africa.
The article presents evidence of the workings of popular punishment from the intra-family level to that of the crowd and quartier, in both rural and urban locales. Making Sense of CAR: Critical scholarly accounts of armed conservation practices and projects often starkly contrast the people involved in them: How, in such contexts, do people navigate fragile relationships of trust and claim access to resources and authority?
Koen Vlassenroot, Ghent University. This project focuses on raiding and sovereignty in the northeastern borderlands of the Central African Republic Lombarfon the margins of Darfur.
These repeated external raids have shaped internal power and knowledge formations throughout CAR’s history. Rather than pursuing authority in the sense of expanding louiea over other people, people in northeastern CAR whether puta-tively in favor of or opposed to conservation are working to create and maintain access to the status of an income. Failure to appreciate these non-centralized micropolitical processes is a main reason peacebuilding efforts such as disarmament, demobilization, and disserfation in the region have failed.
Lombbard dissertation proposes conceptualizing sovereignty not as a totalizing, territorialized political order but rather through its constituent governing capabilities, which may centralize or not, and can combine to create hybrid political systems.
My research locales, primarily the remote and little-populated eastern reaches of the Central African Republic C.
Raiding Sovereignty in Central African Borderlands
Lombatd dynamics of this zone, much of it a place anthropologists used to refer to as “stateless,” suggest a re-thinking of the modalities of sovereignty. Through participant observation, interviews, and archival analysis, my research tracks the multiple forms of governance that operate in this borderland area and their implications for conceptions of sovereignty, the state, and international law.
Twitter Tweets by ChicagoDistrib. Raiding Sovereignty in Central African Borderlands more. Over the past 30 years, roadblocks have become widespread in this area of extremely minimal state institutional presence; they are one symptom of broader processes of militarization.
Louisa Lombard | Fellows & Grantees | Social Science Research Council (SSRC) | Brooklyn, NY, USA
Travelers may be stopped by robbers who ” cut ” the road into segments de-marcated by the robbers’ mobile barriers hence the French name for these bandits: Being Rich, Being Poor: The Good University Raewyn Connell. People seeking to understand the scope and scale of violence in the Central African Republic over the past two years have cited a variety of social grievances centring on the political manipulation of religion, belongingand access to Politique africaine Publication Date: The Treat of Rebellion: Though roadblock workers invoke the idea of the all-powerful state in order to qualify themselves with authorities to dispossess travelers, their practices end up strengthening noncentralized modes of rule, and particularly quests for personal profit.
Today, raiding in CAR ties into global trade networks, and bumps up against, though also feeds off, transnational conflict prevention and humanitarian regimes.
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This article, based on ethnographic and archival research in the northeastern parklands of the Central African Republic CARexplores the area’s history of armed conservation.