By Peter Uvin

ISBN-10: 1565490835

ISBN-13: 9781565490833

ISBN-10: 1565490843

ISBN-13: 9781565490840

This ebook can be regarded as having 3 sections: First, an opinionated background of Rwanda, within which Ulvin shortcuts a few hugely politicized debates via easily mentioning his opinion as to, for instance, the particular starting place of the Hutu and Tutsi teams. This part keeps via 1994, and is the most powerful a part of the booklet. moment, the publication includes a lengthy rumination of the complicity of nongovernmental agencies and relief teams in Rwanda's racial turmoil and genocide. this may were an exceptional 3 web page dialogue, right here unfold over approximately ninety pages. ultimately, there's a sociological exam of the roots of the Rwandan genocide. the place Ulvin issues out the weaknesses in well known theories, this is often priceless. regrettably, an excessive amount of reads like a school paper and includes little of price for a reader.

Overall, the historical past part redeems the booklet. The publication is definitely invaluable for these attracted to Rwanda, most likely much less priceless to these drawn to racial violence commonly.

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By 1994, more than 80 percent of the population had been born after 28 BACKGROUND independence and the social revolution, and had never personally known Tutsi rule, not even in its indirect form under the Belgian colonizer (calculated from United Nations Department of International Economic and Social Affairs 1991). Throughout most of the period of independence, except for the first few years, the Tutsi as a group had been all but invisible in Rwanda: they had no political parties of their own, no organizations that militated for them, and no pressure groups (at least within the country), unions, or meeting places; from 1964 onward, they posed no military problem either.

Liisa Malkki’s (1995) moving analysis of ethnicity among Burundian refugees in Tanzania shows forcefully how the contingencies of place and need—as observed through the differences between two groups of Hutu refugees, one living in a refugee camp in Tanzania and one living in a nearby city—lead to very different self-identifications and senses of ethnicity. The refugees living in camps adhered to standard racialized accounts of themselves as Hutu, eternally opposed to the evil Tutsi, whereas those living in the city identified themselves as Burundians or even as Tanzanians, with little of the racist imagery associated with the HutuTutsi divide.

The colonizers also helped these ideas become realities and influence everyday life. For decades, Tutsi men were treated as the natural rulers of society and were given almost exclusive rights to so-called customary power and privilege, whereas almost all Hutu people were excluded from these opportunities (also observed in Somalia by Simons 1995, 33, 44). It is no After Independence: Strategies for Elite Consolidation 33 wonder that both sides came to believe in these images, projecting them back to time immemorial.

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