Global values, national citizenship and local belonging: Sub-Saharan Africa in historical perspective

junio 14, 2012 – junio 16, 2012

COORDINADORES: Corrado Tornimbeni


Apparently, forms of local belonging and even the notion of autochthony have surfaced as powerful mobilizing factors in the different levels of politics of the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa after the end of the cold war, especially in relation to the “global” imperatives of neo-liberalism and democratisation. However, the fact that wider political concepts are negotiated and/or contested at regional and local level is not distinctive of the current historical era alone. The panel will explore how global values related to democracy and development impact on national, regional and local policies in Sub-Saharan Africa in the different historical circumstances, from the modernisation approach to national development in the 1950s, 1960s and partially in the 1970s, to the “good governance” policies of the 1990s-2000s. In particular, the panel will discuss how this influence reverberates on the definition and redefinition of national citizenship and on narratives of local belonging. Among the key issues to be considered, the policies on, and politics of, land rights, access to natural resources, political decentralisation and power devolution, and electoral competition will be particularly emphasised.

Idiomas: Inglés

Formato: Discussant

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