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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a some particularly interesting theoretical questions about ( 1 ) whether the Somali state ever ' captured ' its rural pastoral inhabitants , either politically or economically , and ( 2 ) how much of what we are observing today in ...
The irony is that in rural Somalia pastoral mobility has been maintained , perhaps even strengthened , without a state . Despite the predominance of the pastoral sector in the national economy , the previous regime and its policies and ...
1 Cassanelli , Lee 1982 The Shaping of Somali Society : Reconstructing the History of a Pastoral People , 1600–1900 . Philadelphia , PA : University of Pennsylvania Press Cellarius , Barbara 1999 Global Priority , Local Reality : Rural ...
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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