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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Old ethnographic maps from the early twentieth century , which showed what clans supposedly occupied what territories at the time , were attached to support the elders ' claims ( see UNOSOM 1994b ) . Terms like ' indigenous ' , ' clan ' ...
During the 1970s the dominance of Saudi Arabia as a market for Somali cattle had grown rapidly , and by the early 1980s it accounted for more than 95 percent of the external market for Somali cattle . In volume alone , the expansion of ...
and early 1980s . He often advanced money to middlemen and would delay full payment to them until after the animals had been exported . With the decline in cattle exports after 1983 , he continued to export a small number of camels .
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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