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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If anything , the British favored the Harti clan group , who had migrated to the Kismayo area from the north during the nineteenth century . They were known to the British in the north because of their extensive trade relations with ...
The Harti group , in turn , is largely represented in the area by its Majerteyn ( primarily ) , Dulbahante , and Warsengeli clans . As mentioned in Chapter 2 , they moved to the area from northern Somalia around the 1870s and have ...
As described in Chapter 2 , the influx of Harti clansmen brought them into direct confrontation with the Ogadeen over control of the Lower Jubba . The Harti in the 1880s ' were engaged in a struggle for political supremacy and control ...
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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