Violence on the Margins

Violence on the Margins

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This boldly multidisciplinary volume surveys African and Asian conflicts through individuals' lived experiences of territorial borders, as well as the ways these experiences affect political configurations. The contributions gathered here depict borderlands not just as the objects of globalized or state-driven processes, but as actual political units that generate their own actions and outcomes. In particular, these studies demonstrate the explicit transboundary character of conflict and peace. In this way, they explore alternatives to the still-dominant model of contemporary state formation as a centrally guided, top-down process - a model that has led to a deep misunderstanding of borderlands as marginal spaces that either are fraught with savagery and rebellion or linger in dark oblivion.On the afternoon ofApril 27, 2009, a Toyota Land Cruiser pulled up at the border checkpoint. A senior member ofa Pakistani family dynasty specialized in importing used vehicles from Asia into Eastern and Southern Africa entered the ... in the paper trail of his stolen merchandise so he could keep his books in order, as required by Ugandan law. ... beer while observing the passing trucks with expert glances, he occasionally shouted instructions to an assistant to look under a tarpaulin.

Title:Violence on the Margins
Author:Benedikt Korf, Timothy Raeymaekers
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-08-28


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