Politics of origin in Africa: autochthony, citizenship and conflict

PUBLICATION YEAR: 2013
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Boas, K.Dunn
KEYWORDS: AFRICA, CITIZENSHIP, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, POLITICS
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7932

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Abstract

In this revealing new book, Boas and Dunn explore the phenomenon of "autochthony" - literally meaning "son of the soil" - in African politics. In contemporary Africa, questions concerning origin are currently among the most crucial and contested issues in political life, directly relating to the politics of place, belonging, identity and contested citizenship. Thus, land claims and autochthony disputes are the hallmark of political crises in many places on the African continent. Examining the often complex reasons behind this recent rise of autochthony across a number of high-profile case studies - including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, and Kenya - this is an essential book for anyone wishing to understand the impact of this crucial issue on contemporary African politics and conflicts.