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Power-sharing in the local arena : Man – a rebel-held town in Western Côte d’Ivoire

Heitz, Kathrin. (2009) Power-sharing in the local arena : Man – a rebel-held town in Western Côte d’Ivoire. Afrika Spectrum : Zeitschrift für gegenwartsbezogene Afrikaforschung, 44 (3). pp. 109-131.

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Abstract

In general, peace agreements with power-sharing provisions are analysed at a national level. This article offers insights into the practices of power-sharing in the local arena of Western Côte d’Ivoire, in the town of Man. It investigates what brought about a change towards peace in the regionof Man and then presents local forms of power-sharing between the community leaders and the rebels who have established a rather complexsystem of domination and taxation in the territory they occupy. Moreover, the implementation of a territorial power-sharing device, which is part of thepeace agreement negotiated among the warring parties at the national level, is analysed: the redeployment of state administration to the rebel-held zonesof the country. The ethnographic data on which the article is based reveals that the actors at the local level have their own strategies to address urgentneeds and that they play a more active role in peacemaking than is usually acknowledged.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ethnologie > Visuelle und politische Ethnologie (Förster)
UniBasel Contributors:Heitz Tokpa, Katharina E.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:German Institut of Global and Area Studies
ISSN:0002-0397
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
Last Modified:19 Oct 2017 11:55
Deposited On:07 Dec 2012 13:00

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