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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
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!
The book invites the reader to follow bags of cement from production plant to construction site, along the 1000-kilometre urban corridor that links Abidjan to Accra, Lomé, Cotonou and Lagos, combining the perspectives of cement tycoons, entrepreneurs and political stakeholders, but also of ordinary men and women who plan, build and dream of the Concrete City. With this innovative exploration of urban life through concrete, Armelle Choplin delivers a fascinating journey into and reflection on the sustainability of our urban futures.
Concrete City: Material Flows and Urbanization in West Africa
The Covid-19 pandemic has become an actor in the electoral jousts that occupies the field and structures the long-distance struggles between the party in power and the political opposition. In Côte d'Ivoire, calls for donations, initiated at the summit of African states, have had the effect of cushioning the shocks due to the confinement and social distancing measures, in a context of socio-economic, political and security fragility. However, in the context of a pre-electoral campaign, do the donations linked to Covid-19 not call for a 'contre-don' with an electoral aim?
Covid-19 en Côte d’Ivoire : Les dons au cœur des batailles électorales
Drawing on longitudinal ethnographic research carried out over two-and-a-half decades in Managua, Nicaragua, this article explores how legal and illegal economic activities are socially legitimized, and more specifically, how certain illegal economic activities can end up being seen as legitimate, and certain legal ones perceived as illegitimate. It aims to showcase how the social legitimization of an economic activity has less to do with whether it is legal or illegal, but rather the future aspirations it embodies.
(Il)legal Aspirations: Of Legitimate Crime and Illegitimate Entrepreneurship in Nicaragua
In 2017, a wave of mutinies shook Côte d’Ivoire, calling into question the country’s ability to rebuild a divided army after the post-electoral crisis of 2010 and 2011. These events showed a confrontation of divergent interests and interactions between formal and informal actors in the Ivorian security system. In our view, this situation reveals a “bric-à-brac” policy of the security sector in Côte d’Ivoire. The article analyses the meanings and limitations of this policy and use the political sociology of public policies in African contexts to discuss our opinion.
Transition sécuritaire et production « bric-à-brac » de l’ordre post-guerre en Côte d’Ivoire
This article aims to analyze the political stakes of the Ivorian government’s preventive communication in the face of the threat of Ebola virus disease (EVD) during the period from the beginning of March 2014 to the end of November 2016, considering the prevailing socio-political and epidemic context. The analyses show that in Côte d’Ivoire, the authorities choose their objects of communication with global health intervention tools, while rethinking certain measures for political purposes.
Ebola et politiques de communication préventive en Côte d’Ivoire (2014-2016)
This article explores how and to what extent it is useful to think about drug dealing through the conceptual lens of intimacy. Such an approach both complements and challenges mainstream views on drug dealing, which see the phenomenon as based on ‘formal-rational’ organisation and practices. The authors explore the intimacies of drug dealing along three axes: the involvement of kin and family, ‘governing intimacy’ and as embedded in culturally intimate models and ideas.
The intimacies of drug dealing: narcotics, kinship and embeddedness in Nicaragua and South Africa