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Dealing with government in South Sudan : histories of chiefship, community & state

Author: Cherry Leonardi; British Institute in Eastern Africa,
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2013.
Series: Eastern African studies (London, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"South Sudan became Africa's newest nation in 2011, following decades of armed conflict. Chiefs--or 'traditional authorities'--became a particular focus of attention during the international relief effort and post-war reconstruction and state-building. But 'traditional' authority in South Sudan has been much misunderstood. Institutions of chiefship were created during the colonial period but originated out of a much  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cherry Leonardi; British Institute in Eastern Africa,
ISBN: 9781847010674 1847010679 9781847011145 1847011144
OCLC Number: 854179587
Description: xvi, 253 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Part 1. From zariba to merkaz : the creation of the nodal state frontier, c. 1840-1920. Frontier societies and the political economy of knowledge in the nineteenth century --
Colonial frontiers and the emergence of government chiefs, c. 1900-1920 --
Part 2. From makama to mejlis : the making of chiefship and the local state, 1920s-1950s. Constituting the urban frontier : chiefship and the colonial labour economy, 1920s-1940s --
Claiming rights and guarantees : chiefs' courts and state justice, c. 1900-1956 --
Containing the frontier : the tensions of territorial chiefdoms, 1930s-1950s --
Uncertainty on the urban frontier : chiefs and the politics of Sudanese independence, 1946-1958 --
Part 3. From malakiya to medina : the fluctuating expansion of the urban frontier, c. 1956-2010. Trading knowledge : chiefship, local elites and the urban frontier, c. 1956-2010 --
Regulating depredation : chiefs and the military, 1963-2005 --
Reprising 'tradition' : the mutual production of community and state in the twenty-first century --
Knowing the system : judicial pluralism and discursive legalism in the interim period, 2005-2010.
Series Title: Eastern African studies (London, England)
Responsibility: Cherry Leonardi, Lecturer in History, Durham University.

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Explores various aspects of chiefly authority in South Sudan from its historical origins and evolution under colonial, postcolonial and military rule, to its current roles and value in the newly  Read more...

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