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Ethnicity as an Institution – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, Culture, Ethnicity, History, Politics

If the fiercest ideology or ethics that can be found in the country is ethnic, that is because no other institution has been strong enough for the people to rally around. Unfortunately, ethnic mobilization is usually exclusive in nature and does not form an equitable or truly democratic basis for the distribution of state resources; also, given the manipulation of customary chiefs, even this vessel has been corrupted. It will take generations to rebuild institutions or social organizations that can challenge the current predatory state without resorting to ethnicity.

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