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Multidimensional Change in Sudan (1989–2011)
Reshaping Livelihoods, Conflicts and Identities
Edited by Barbara Casciarri, Munzoul A.M. Assal and François Ireton
392 pages, 23 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78238-617-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 2015)
ISBN 978-1-78920-839-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (May 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78238-618-6 eBook
“It is unusual but refreshing to have a book on contemporary Sudan that does not fixate on the previous and/or ongoing violent conflicts in that country between the north and former southern region, now the independent nation South Sudan… Each contribution is lucid and informative, so those with a special interest in this newly reconstructed country will welcome this volume…Highly recommended.” • Choice
“This book is useful to those who are just beginning to learn about Sudan as well as scholars who are more experienced and want to update their knowledge about the country’s recent changes… It is a fundamental resource for those who are interested in the study of contemporary Sudan.” • African Studies Quarterly
“This is an essential book to read as a background and springboard for delving into an extremely critical and complex period of modern Sudan… a landmark and ground-breaking contribution in recent Sudanese studies. It opens new paths for further research and analysis in the study of socio-economic change in Sudan, and as such it is a must-read for everyone who wishes to grasp what is happening in Sudan at present, especially for Africanist researchers and those engaged in postgraduate interdisciplinary programmes.” • Égypte/Monde arabe
“There really is very little published on some of these topics, and genuine field research of the kind which has been conducted by [this] number of contributors is rare.” • Justin Willis, University of Durham
“This book brings together sixteen original, detailed field studies... [which] focus on localities across the northerly provinces of the Sudan as it was constituted [in 1989–2011]… The events and processes of this ‘interim period’ following the civil war have deep roots in the past of the whole region, and continuing relevance to ‘both Sudans’ today.” • Wendy James, University of Oxford
Based on fieldwork largely collected during the CPA interim period by Sudanese and European researchers, this volume sheds light on the dynamics of change and the relationship between microscale and macroscale processes which took place in Sudan between the 1980s and the independence of South Sudan in 2011. Contributors’ various disciplinary approaches—socio-anthropological, geographical, political, historical, linguistic—focus on the general issue of “access to resources.” The book analyzes major transformations which affected Sudan in the framework of globalization, including land and urban issues; water management; “new” actors and “new conflicts”; and language, identity, and ideology.
Barbara Casciarri is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University Paris 8. She edited with A. M. Ahmed a special issue of Nomadic Peoples 13, 1 (2009), “Pastoralists under pressure in present-day Sudan” and with M. Van Aken a special issue of Journal des anthropologues 132-133 (2013), “Anthropology and Water(s).” She also edited (with Mohamed A. Babiker) the volume Anthropology of Law in Muslim Sudan. Land, Courts and the Plurality of Practices, Brill, Leiden (2018).
Munzoul A. M. Assal is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and Deputy Director of the Peace Research Institute, University of Khartoum. Publications include Diaspora Within and Without Africa: Homogeneity, Heterogeneity, Variation (co-edited with Leif Manger, 2006), and forthcoming Fifty Years of Anthropology in the Sudan: Past, Present and Future (co-edited with Musa Adam Abdul-Jalil).
François Ireton is a Socio-Economist and Researcher at French National Center of Scientific Research, working in the Centre Jacques Berque, Rabat. He has co-edited Dynamiques de la pauvreté en Afrique du Nord et au Moyen Orient (2005) and L’Egypte au présent. Inventaire d’une société avant révolution (2011).
Subject: Anthropology (General) Development Studies
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