Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies

Forum för Afrikastudier lanserar skriftserien Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies för att publicera, sprida och göra tillängliga forskningsresultat som framställts vid Uppsala universitet. Det kan röra sig om samarbetsprojekt eller forskningsrapporter, om symposiepublikationer eller en samling reflektioner i anslutning till aktuell samhälls- eller kulturdebatt.

En särskild ambition med skriftserien är att främja samarbetsprojekt, dels över discipliner, dels mellan Uppsala forskare och afrikanska forskare verksamma vid universitet och institut på kontinenten.

Uppsala Papers in Africa Studies publiceras företrädesvis på engelska, franska eller svenska. Serieredaktör är 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 and 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 took place in two Malian municipalities: 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).

The study is available here:

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", 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.

The study is available here.  

 

 

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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, klicka på bilden.