Explore here the latest publication of the Unruly team.
At the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Ghent University Conflict Researh Group, Karen Büscher, Stéphanie Perazzone and Ayehu Bacha discuss the cities of Dire Dawa (Ethiopia) and Rubaya (DRC), to demonstrate the politicized urbanisation processes of secondary towns.
The essay adds to the debates on spatial translations of war in a context of fast global urbanisation.
Violent conflict and the centrality of African peripheral urbanities
In this paper, Kristof Titeca and Albert Malukisa Nkuku discuss the politics of football in Kinshasa, with a particular focus on the ways this manifested itself during the regime of Joseph Kabila.
Authors questions how football can be used as a way to extend government control; while at the same time showcasing patterns of resistance and dissent towards the government.
The politics of football in Kinshasa: power, profit and protest
In this open access book, David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock explore conversations between global development knowledges in social sciences and popular culture. While academic social science or policy-oriented research documents have been predominant modes of communication for engaging with international development, authors interest in theatre, music, photography, video games, radio, journalism, novels or blogs as alternative forms of knowledge about development.
New Mediums, Better Messages?
Drawing on longitudinal ethnographic research in barrio Luis Fanor Hernández, a poor neighbourhood in Managua, Nicaragua, Dennis Rodgers' article explores the conflicts that emerged between different generations of gang members following the gang’s transformation from a vigilante self-defence group to a predatory drug-dealing organisation, and what these might mean for the notion of gang governance.
¡A Nosotros, nos Tienen que Respetar!
¡A Nosotros, nos Tienen que Respetar! (They Have to Respect us!): Gangs, Inter-Generational Conflict, and Graduated Governance in Urban Nicaragua