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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social groups , such as clans , while unfortunately heightening conflict and distrust between groups.12 In the words of Anna Simmons ( 1998 : 70 ) : ' Now more than ever , knowing genealogy does chart who can and who cannot be trusted .
For example , within General Hersi Morgan's faction , a major political group in the region also called the Somali ... Some of the client groups within the Majerteyn – such as the Gaaljaal - also have broken off and have clamored for ...
The Islamist group , al - Itihaad al - Islami , which is currently on President Bush's list of terrorist organizations ... The diya principle defines compensation for death and injury between different groups and sanctions against ...
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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