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Palgrave Macmillan

The Borderlands of South Sudan

Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

ISBN 9781137340887
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies

Current international discourse on the new state of South Sudan seems fixated on the "state construction." This book aims to broaden the debate by examining the character of regulatory authority in South Sudan's borderlands in both contemporary and historical perspective. The contributions gathered here show that emerging border governance practices challenge the bounded categorization of "state" and "non-state", especially in the complex interactions between state, military, and business actors and power structures. It thus provides a timely and sophisticated contribution to the literature on African borderlands, examining a new state in creation at its borders, and providing an anthropologically and historically informed view of a rapidly evolving situation.

Christopher Vaughan is Lecturer in African History at Durham University, UK, and a historian of Condominium Sudan.

Mareike Schomerus is a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Lotje de Vries is Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) at the Faculty of Management, Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

1. Introduction: Negotiating Borders, Defining South Sudan; Mareike Schomerus, Lotje de Vries and Christopher Vaughan
2. Too Much Water Under the Bridge: Internationalization of the Sudan – South Sudan Border and Local Demands for its Regulation; Øystein H. Rolandsen
3. Unclear Lines: State and Non-state Actors in Abyei; Joshua Craze
4. Pastoralists, Conflicts and Politics: Aspects of South Sudan's Kenyan Frontier; Immo Eulenberger
5. The Nuba Political Predicament in Sudan(s): Seeking Resources Beyond Borders; Guma Kunda Komey
6. Alternative Citizenship: The Nuer between Ethiopia and the Sudan; Dereje Feyissa
7. The Rizeigat-Malual Borderland during the Condominium: The Limits of Legibility; Christopher Vaughan
8. Pulling the Ropes: Convenient Indeterminacies and the Negotiation of Power at Kaya's Border Checkpoint; Lotje de Vries
9. State-making and Emerging Complexes of Power and Accumulation in the Southern Sudan-Kenyan Border Area: The Rise of a Thriving Cross-border Business Network; Anne Walraet
10. Labour and the Making of Central African Borders; Edward Thomas
11. Whatever happened to the 'safe havens'? Imposing State Boundaries between the Sudanese Plains and the Ethiopian Highlands; Wendy James

Wendy James, Oxford University, UK

Eddie Thomas, The Rift Valley Institute, UK

Joshua Craze, University of California Los Angeles, USA

Guma Kunda Komey, Juba University, South Sudan

Øystein H. Rolandsen, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway

Dereje Feyissa, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Immo Eulenberger, Max Planck Institute, Germany

Anne Walraet, University of Ghent, Belgium


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