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June 05 , 2008

Politics of Origin in Africa

Autochthony, Citizenship and Conflict


In this revealing new book, Bøås and Dunn explore the phenomenon of autochthonyliterally son of the soilin African politics. In contemporary Africa, questions of origin are among the most crucial and contested political issues, directly relating to the politics of place, belonging, identity and contested citizenship. Land claims and autochthony disputes are the hallmark of political crises in many places on the continent. Examining a number of high-profile cases, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte dIvoire, Liberia and Kenya, this is an essential book for anyone wishing to understand the impact of autochthony on contemporary African politics and conflicts.

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