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Putting the Cart Before the Horse
Contested Nationalism and the Crisis of the Nation-State in Somalia
by Abdi M. Kusow
Price: $29.95
Putting the Cart Before the Horse
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"This book represents an attempt to introduce the notion of contested national identity as a theoretical framework of 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."

Peppercorn Book Number: 410-0014
Publisher: Red Sea Press
ISBN: 1-56902-202-x
Language: English
Place of Publication: Lawrenceville, NJ
Year of Publication: 2004
Medium: book
Format: paperback
Size: 6 x 9 inches, portrait
Length: 201 pages
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