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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25675

Title: Revisinting the "Black Man's Burden": Eritrea and the Curse of the Nation-state
Authors: Sium, Aman
Advisor: Wane, Njoki
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: Eritrea
nationalism
statehood
indigenous knowledges
anticolonial thought
Tigrinya
African identity
government
state violence
decolonization
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: This thesis argues that the state apparatus has failed to provide Africans with a culturally compatible form of governance. The state is a product of colonial origin, and thus, has failed to resonate with Indigenous African spirituality, moral consciousness or political tradition. By grounding my argument in the Eritrean context, I make the case that the Eritrean state – not unlike other African states – is failing in three fundamental ways. First, it is oppressive towards Indigenous institutions of governance, particularly the village baito practiced in the rural highlands of Eritrea. Second, the state promotes a national identity that has been arbitrarily formed and colonially imposed in place of Indigenous ones, such as those formed around regional or linguistic groupings. Lastly, because the Eritrean state is a rather new phenomenon that suffers from a crisis of legitimacy, it inevitably falls back on processes of violence, coercion and control to assert its authority.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25675
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