The Cohesion of Oppression: Clientship and Ethnicity in Rwanda, 1860-1960
Columbia University Press, 1988 - 322 pagina's
Revolutions are often seen in terms of a spontaneous burst of intense political activity; less attention usually is given to the structures, processes, and perceptions that make such activity possible. This innovative book examines such long-term transformations as they relate to the revolution in the Central African nation of Rwanda, which culminated in its independence in July 1962.
While much of the previous work on Rwanda has focused on the royal court and central state institutions, The Cohesion of Oppression instead focuses on politics outside the central heartland. Adopting a "view from below," it explores the interaction of central and local power bases and delineates the transformations introduced into the system by German and Belgian colonial policies that consciously sought to bolster one ethnic group as agents of colonial administration.
In the three years before independence, violent conflict in Rwanda resulted in the abolition of the monarchy, the expulsion of the ruling Tuutsi ethnic group from power, and the installation of rival Hutu authorities to take control of a presidential regime with an elected Assembly. While basic Rwandan cultural norms persisted during and after the revolution, significant alterations had taken place in the locus of political power and social categories that had access to high office. This book considers both the internal and the non-Rwandan influences that substantially affected these alterations but concentrates on the former, since such an approach has in general been more neglected.
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The Social Preconditions of Revolution
State and Society under Rwabugiri
The Changing Status of Corporate Kin Groups
The Transformation of Client Institutions
Kinyaga and the Kivu Complex
Note on Methods and Sources
Chronology of the Kings of Rwanda
Genealogies of Rwanteri and Nyarwaya
NonUbuhake Transfers of Cattle
List of Informants
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