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Self-determination and secession : A 21st Century Challenge to the Post-colonial State in Africa

Upphovsperson: Bereketeab, Redie
Utgivare: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation | Uppsala, Sweden
År: 2012
Språk: swe
Relation: NAI Policy Notes, 1654-6695 ; 2012/5
Ämnesord: Independence, Self-determination, decolonization, Secession, boundaries, Nation-building, Post-colonialism, Sovereignty
Identifikator: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1601
Identifikator: urn:isbn:978-91-7106-730-2
Rättigheter: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Two approaches have characterised analysis of the postcolonial state in Africa. One emphasises the territorial integrity of the postcolonial state, with inherited colonial borders being viewed as sacrosanct and state-centred rights being given primacy. The other questions the sacrosanctity of colonial borders and seeks to promote the primacy of people-centred rights. The increasing frequency in recent years of quests for self-determination and secession in Africa poses an existential challenge to the postcolonial state on that continent. This Policy Note addresses this emerging trend.