Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies

Forum for Africa Studies is launching the new publication series Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies to publish, dissemnate and make better known Africa research carried out at Uppsala University. Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies is simultaneously published online and as hard copy.

The scope of the series ranges from collaborative studies and research reports, via symposium papers and collections of think pieces in relation to public debate, to transdisciplinary studies and solid ethnographic papers longer than the conventional article format. The collaborative dimension - over disciplinary borders and in joint research work with African colleagues - is a leading ambition of the series.

Publication languages are English, French and Swedish. Series Editor is Professor Sten Hagberg.

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Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies

Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 1

Vers une sécurité par le bas ? Étude sur les perceptions et les expériences des défis de sécurité dans deux communes maliennes, by Sten Hagberg, Yaouaga Félix Koné, Bintou Koné, Aboubacar Diallo et Issiaka Kansaye, Uppsala Papers in Africa Studes 1, 2017, Uppsala University.

How are the security issues in Mali perceived by ordinary citizens? What are the sources of security according to people living in Malian municipalities? Such questions have guided this study of security from below, and carried out by a team of Swedish and Malian anthropologists. The study takes a look at the Malian socio-political and security situation from the perspectives of popular discourses and local practices, including citizen initiatives to strengthen security, such as self-defense patrols and local conflict resolution. At the same time, the study reveals what people perceive as "an absence of the state", given that insecurity prevails “when the management of state affairs is not done in a transparent way”, as one interlocutor put it. Local notions of security, such as lakana and hakilisigi in bamanankan, are analyzed in the specific local context and in exchange with ordinary citizens.

This study departures from the Malian municipalities of Niono and Kalaban-Coro. Insecurity has increased in Niono (Ségou Region) with attacks by armed groups. Jihadist warlord Amadou Koufa is active in this border area with Mauritania. The study reveals that a psychosis prevails because residents constantly fear a possible attack. Land tenure issues are strife with conflict in this region where the Office du Niger handles the management of fertile lands. Kalaban-Coro (located next to Bamako) constitutes a hinterland of the Malian capital. In this municipality, the study focused on understanding how security and insecurity are perceived and experienced by ordinary citizens, whether it is banditry, armed groups or security devices. In Kalaban-Coro land tenure problems are linked to the expansion of Bamako.

The research is the result of a collaboration established since 2008 between Point Sud (Mali) and Uppsala University (Sweden). This study is part of Construire une paix durable au Mali : Contributions de la société civile aux politiques de sécurité des populations, 2016-2018, a programme led by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in collaboration with the Coalition Nationale de la Société Civile pour la Paix et la Lutte contre la Prolifération des Armes Légères (CONASCIPAL). The programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 2

Transformations sociopolitiques burkinabè de 2014 à 2016 : Perspectives aanthropologiques des pratiques politiques et de la culture démocratique dans "un Burkina Faso nouveau", by Sten Hagberg, Ludovic Kibora, Sidi Barry, Siaka Gnessi and Adjara Konkobo, Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies 2, 2017, Uppsala University.

The study is an anthropological analysis of sociopolitical transformations in Burkina Faso after the popular insurgency 30-31 October 2014 that led to the Fall of President Blaise Compaoré. Sinece then Burkina Faso experiences a rupture with past politics despite apparent political continuities. President Kaboré, elected in November 2015, was one of the architects of COmpaoré's regime, and the current ruling party Mouvement du Peuple pour le Progrès is seen as a copy of Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès.

The study analyses viewpoints and experiences of "ordinary citizens", focusing on the ways of practising politics and the meanings that actors attribute to démocracy. The revolutionary spirit of the popular insurgency implied that the expectations of "a new Burkina Faso" where "nothing should be as before" were immense".

This collaborative research between Institut des Sciences des Sociétés of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, and the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at Uppsala University.

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Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies #1: "Vers une sécurité par le bas: Étude sur les perceptions et les expériences des défis de sécurité dans deux communes maliennes". Click on the image fro more info.


Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies #2 "Transformations sociopolitiques burkinabè de 2014 à 2016: Perspectives anthropologiques des pratiques politiques et de la culture démocratique dans "un Burkina Faso nouveau". More info, click on the image.