Alternative Citizenship: The Nuer between Ethiopia and the Sudan

  • Dereje Feyissa
Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)


This chapter provides historical and ethnographic data that show how peoples of the borderlands actively make use of national borders. Contrary to the dominant state-centric literature that perceives state borders as a constraint to the people inhabiting the border areas, the chapter highlights local agency of the Nuer people living on both sides of the Ethiopian–South Sudan border. The chapter argues that to the Nuer the border is not a constraint but a resource with which they renegotiated their marginality on both sides of the border.


National Identity Opportunity Structure Refugee Camp State Border Educational Facility 
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© Christopher Vaughan, Mareike Schomerus, and Lotje de Vries 2013

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