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The Attempt to Stay: Dam Building, Displacement, and Resistance in the Nile Valley, Sudan

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The Attempt to Stay

Dam Building, Displacement, and Resistance in the Nile Valley, Sudan

Valerie Hänsch

426 pages,

ISBN  978-1-80539-623-9 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (August 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-624-6 eBook Not Yet Published


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The construction of the Merowe Dam along the Nile in northern Sudan flooded local villages and forced thousands of inhabitants to flee to higher ground. Despite the radical social and environmental transformations and an uncertain future, the Manasir have tried to continue their peasant way of life and resisted relocating to state-run resettlement schemes. Rather than focusing on migration and resettlement, the author follows the people’s attempts to preserve their homeland and have meaningful lives along the emerging reservoir. The book grapples with the fundamental question of how to re-establish life in a world that is falling apart.

Valerie Hänsch is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Anthropological Museum in Berlin, Germany. As a visual anthropologist, she has produced several collaborative ethnographic films. Her film “Sifinja – The Iron Bride” (2009) has been awarded several prizes. She is co-editor of the special journal issue Temporalities of Waiting in Africa (Critical African Studies, 2020).

Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologyDevelopment StudiesEnvironmental Studies (General)
Area: Africa


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