Somalia: Economy Without State
International African Institute, 2003 - 206 pages
In the wake of the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, a "second" or "informal" economy based on trans-border trade and smuggling is thriving. While focusing primarily on pastoral and agricultural markets, Peter D. Little demonstrates that the Somalis are resilient and opportunistic and that they use their limited resources effectively. While it is true that many Somalis live in the shadow of brutal warlords and lack access to basic health care and education, Little focuses on those who have managed to carve out a productive means of making ends meet under difficult conditions and emphasizes the role of civic culture even when government no longer exists. Exploring questions such as, Does statelessness necessarily mean anarchy and disorder? Do money, international trade, and investment survive without a state? Do pastoralists care about development and social improvement? This book describes the complexity of the Somali situation in the light of international terrorism.
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That other openly informal ( illegal ' ) urban - based economies dominated by diaspora trading groups like the Somalis have taken hold in many African cities , including parts of Johannesburg , South Africa ( Rogerson and Rogerson 1996 ...
African Affairs 101 ( 402 ) : 93–107 Doornbos , Martin , L. Cliffe , Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed , and J. Markakis , eds . ... Eikenberg , Kathrin [ Rapporteur ] 1995 Regional Workshop on the Horn of Africa : Report of the Group on Somalia .
Journal of Asian and African Studies 34 ( 2 ) : 157–168 Lewis , I.M. 1955 Peoples of the Horn of Africa . London , UK : International African Institute —1961 A Pastoral Democracy : A Study of Pastoralism and Politics among the Northern ...
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Argues that despite political, social, and environmental instability, the Somali society and economy have survived. The author focuses on the Somali borderlands adjacent to Kenya, comparing that ... Read full review