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Nationalism, urban poverty and identity in Maputo, Mozambique

Sumich, Jason (2010) Nationalism, urban poverty and identity in Maputo, Mozambique. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 2, 68. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines the changing perceptions of Frelimo's nationalist project amongst members of the middle class in Maputo, Mozambique's capital. I argue that nationalism in Mozambique created a system of meaning and new forms of identity that are especially relevant for more privileged urbanites. However, growing urban poverty and inequality has had an effect throughout the social spectrum in Mozambique. The self-same set of nationalist values provides a critique for the failings of the regime as everyday life continually conflicts with the government's message of unity and progress for all and this is causing a loss of support even among the regime's beneficiaries.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/publicati...
Additional Information: © 2010 J. Sumich
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 68
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2010 16:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28473/

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