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The Roots of Ethnic Conflict in Africa

From Grievance to Violence

  • Wanjala S. Nasong’o

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Wanjala S. Nasong’o
    Pages 1-9
  3. Wanjala S. Nasong’o
    Pages 11-20
  4. Wanjala S. Nasong’o
    Pages 21-35
  5. Joseph O. Wasonga
    Pages 37-74
  6. Stephen Mwachofi Singo, Sam Okoth Opondo
    Pages 75-92
  7. Céline A. Jacquemin
    Pages 93-123
  8. Martin S. Shanguhyia
    Pages 125-153
  9. Tom Onditi Luoch
    Pages 155-170
  10. Wanjala S. Nasong’o
    Pages 171-182
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 183-208

About this book


This book focuses on the problem of ethnic conflict in Africa and seeks to explain its root causes. The main thesis of the book is that ethnic political mobilization is essentially a function of deeply-felt grievances on the part of the groups so mobilized.


ethnic conflic Africa Zanzibar colonialism post-colonialism sudan north-south conflict grievance Uganda political identity resources DRC conflict ethnic conflict hegemony identity Sudan violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Wanjala S. Nasong’o
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of International StudiesRhodes CollegeMemphisUSA

About the editors

Céline A. Jacquemin is an Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at St Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Tom Onditi Luoch is Associate Professor of English and Linguistics in the General Education program at the United States International University Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Wanjala S. Nasong'o is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Sam Okoth Opondo is Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics and Africana Studies at Vassar College, New York, USA. Martin S. Shanguhyia is an Assistant Professor of African History at Syracuse University in New York, USA. Stephen Mwachofi Singo is currently Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Joseph O. Wasonga is lecturer in Political Science, Conflict Studies and International Relations at Kenyatta University, Kenya.

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