Identity and violent conflict in Africa

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2008
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.Hagg
KEYWORDS: AFRICA, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, IDENTITY, PEACEKEEPING, VIOLENCE
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 5207

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Abstract

The unexpected postelection violence in Kenya has again highlighted the need for a clearer understanding of the relationship between identity and violent conflict in Africa. In a study of nine African countries the interdependence of identity, political power struggles and rivalry for access to resources was found to be an important factor in such conflicts. GERARD HAGG reports on the findings of this study.