uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Beyond regional radars: Security from below and the rule of law in the Sahel
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. (Forum for Africa Studies)
2018 (English)In: South African Journal of International Affairs, ISSN 1022-0461, E-ISSN 1938-0275, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 21-37, article id https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2018.1417903Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political crises, terrorism, porous international boundaries, coups d’état, and socio-political upheavals all underline the need to rethink what security means in the Sahel region. While international and regional approaches to security still take predominantly military and macro-political perspectives, there is a need to ethnographically describe and analyse security from below. To this end, citizens’ own initiatives should be central to contemporary analyses of African peacemaking interventions. This article takes the growing and diverse movements of self-defence groups in Burkina Faso and Mali as a starting point for analysing how security can be ‘seen from below’, often in interaction with and sometimes even in outright contradiction with the rule of law. While local self-defence groups constitute a challenge to the rule of law, ethnographic fieldwork in Mali and Burkina Faso reveals a high degree of adaptability and flexibility of these movements. This article furthermore discusses methodological challenges when doing ethnographic research in dangerous terrains, drawing on fieldwork in the Sahel, and considers implications of the study of ‘security from below’ for the wider study of international affairs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Johannesburg: Taylor & Francis , 2018. Vol. 25, no 1, p. 21-37, article id https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2018.1417903
Keywords [en]
Self-defence movements, Mali, Burkina Faso
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-347050DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2018.1417903ISI: 000427749400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-347050DiVA, id: diva2:1192943
Available from: 2018-03-24 Created: 2018-03-24 Last updated: 2018-04-12Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Hagberg, Sten

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Hagberg, Sten
By organisation
Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
In the same journal
South African Journal of International Affairs
Social Anthropology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 50 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf