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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The term can signify an arbitrary edge or divide between two parts that can entail considerable ambiguity - a kind of ' between and betwixt condition , to use the late Victor Turner's phrase ( 1969 : 95 ) . Where does the border between ...
Absame is an identity that was never mentioned at any time during my stay in the late 1980s , but seems to be the equivalent of a ' clan confederation ' ( like the Harti ) using Lewis's terminology . As an Ogadeen Somali residing in ...
Since conflict also existed in the late 1980s and grazing patterns in large parts of the border region remain the same , the model should hold for the late 1990s except in problem areas like Kismayo District .
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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