Understanding Somalia and Somaliland: Culture, History, Society

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					Understanding Somalia and Somaliland: Culture, History, Society
Lidwien Kapteijns
The International Journal of African Historical Studies; 2009; 42, 2; Docstoc
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Description: The latter, for example, has shown how colonial rule, often through the use of violence, transformed collective identity constructs such as "tribe," and, in the Somali context, clan and clan-sections, because the only legal identity the "natives" were allowed and the only means by which they could gain access to the state was as a group. [...] in the colonial Somalilands, clan became the instrument of a governmental technology of power by which the rulers coerced and co-opted- in classic divide-and-rule fashion- the ruled, and by which the ruled competed with each other to pry benefits (or just gain security) from the penurious state.
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