SANU’s Discursive Legacies

  • Sebabatso C. Manoeli
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter cautions against the dismissal of the Sudan African National Union (SANU) as a political failure due to its diplomatic defeat at the Round Table Conference and its disintegration in the latter half of the 1960s. It argues that the inability of Southern politicians to attain a self-determination plebiscite in the 1960s has obscured the significance of their discursive legacy in Southern Sudanese rebellions. The chapter shows that SANU established what became a regime of truth among Southerners—both in the South and in the diaspora, as well as among unintended audiences. It argues that this attainment of commonsensical status attests to SANU’s discursive authority, and the enduring legacy of its narratives of the “Southern Problem”.

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  • Sebabatso C. Manoeli
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  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew York CityUSA

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