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The Geopolitics of the Maï Maï Phenomenon in Maniema (DRCongo)

A Reexamination of Nationalist Visions and Militia Violence

L’article est de la plume de Fraternel Divin AMURI MISAKO, PhD. Diplômé de l’Université de Kisangani, lauréat 2007 de Five College African Scholars Program à University of Massachusetts, stagiaire au Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale Tervuren (2008), Fraternel Divin Amuri Misako est actuellement Postdoctoral Scholar à University of Kentucky (USA) où il enseigne Politics, Religion & Violence in Africa depuis 2010.

This paper considers the Maï-Maï militias of Maniema, a province in eastern Congo (DRC : the Democratic Republic of the Congo). In particular, it describes the various militia groups found there, examines their connections to particular ethnic groups and locales, inquires into the ideological tendencies among them, and explores the strategies they adopt in mobilizing popular support during the war years of 1998-2002. It is argued that understanding the political and social trajectories of these militias underscores three aspects of the process of globalization at the local level : the local effects of nationalist dynamics, the relation of these trends to the power of the central state, and the limits of the authority of a state in full disintegration.

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Posted by Guilain Mathe,

Director GLPIC

November 28, 2012

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