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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Is it surprising then that Somali clans began to fracture and / or consolidate along sub - clan and lineage lines when external agencies worked within a clan idiom themselves , often insisting on proposals from clan ' elders ' even when ...
Clan distribution The distribution of clans and settlements in the border region reflects several historical and politico - economic processes that contribute to the strained , often violent ties between Kismayo town and its hinterland ...
genealogical depth , Ogadeen identity and clan organization is exceedingly complex in the area . A prominent Ogadeen sub - clan , for example , can easily be larger than one of the region's smaller clans , and it is not uncommon for a ...
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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