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Seeing and living like a cross-border pastoralist : local struggles over state resources and services on the Uganda-DRC border

dc.contributor.advisorRobins, Stevenen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNuwamanya, Alfred Katabyamaen_ZA
dc.contributor.otherStellenbosch University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Sociology & Social Anthropology.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-28T07:44:18Z
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-28T12:20:36Z
dc.date.available2020-02-28T07:44:18Z
dc.date.available2020-04-28T12:20:36Z
dc.date.issued2020-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/108124
dc.descriptionThesis (PhD)--Stellenbosch University, 2020.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractENGLISH ABSTRACT: The questions of access to state resources by cross-border people including mobile pastoralists remain difficult, especially when it comes to public goods and services like water, land, routes used for migration, grazing pasture for livestock, education for their children, livestock markets, and human and animal health services. This relates to the fact that East and Central African governments tend to focus on the welfare of communities that are settled in specific spaces. Yet lifestyles of some pastoralist groups are predicated on movements over large areas and across national borders. For them, state borders are often porous. At the same time, as Goodhead, (2008) argues, whenever there are violent conflicts borders are taken seriously; simultaneously acting as sources of security and antagonism, inclusion and exclusion. This means that border areas are not isolated peripheries, but places where populations travel, form networks and political alliances, exchange knowledge and conflict in respect to the historic trajectories and specificities of that borderland. This study draws on ethnographic and border theory epistemologies to show how the cross-border pastoralists (the Batuku) at the Uganda-DRC border have developed a “border cultural context” that is embedded in the networks, institutions, and practices that these cross-border pastoralists have developed over time through cattle-people relations and exchange systems. It is this “border cultural context” that the cross-border pastoralists have used to engage with spatial conditions including drought and other ecological uncertainties as well as their peripherality in terms of accessing state resources and services. Through this “border cultural context”, the cross-border pastoralists create migration routes that are not known to state border officials, and thus succeed in outwitting the state border surveillance systems. This “border cultural context” has been a form of resilience to extreme arid conditions of the region. The study observes that due to the changing dynamics caused by militia activities of abductions, strict border surveillance by the Ugandan state, and enforcement of the capitalistic private ownership of land, the Uganda-DRC porous border has changed to a “hard” one. This has brought about changes that threaten the Batuku’s livelihood as a cross-border pastoralist and exposed their cattle complex economy and social system to great stress than never before.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geen opsommingaf_ZA
dc.format.extentviii, 181 leaves : illustrations, maps (some color)
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch : Stellenbosch Universityen_ZA
dc.subjectBorder security -- Uganda-DRC Borderen_ZA
dc.subjectMigrants -- Services for -- Ugandaen_ZA
dc.subjectMigrants -- Services for -- Congo (Democratic Republic)en_ZA
dc.subjectPastoral systems -- Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectBatuku (Africa people) -- Civilizationen_ZA
dc.subjectUCTDen_ZA
dc.titleSeeing and living like a cross-border pastoralist : local struggles over state resources and services on the Uganda-DRC borderen_ZA
dc.typeThesisen_ZA
dc.description.versionDoctoralen_ZA
dc.rights.holderStellenbosch Universityen_ZA


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