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Demography, diversity and nativism in contemporary Africa: evidence from Uganda

Green, Elliott D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0942-5756 (2007) Demography, diversity and nativism in contemporary Africa: evidence from Uganda. Nations and Nationalism, 13 (4). pp. 717-736. ISSN 1354-5078

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2007.00317.x


The relationship between population growth, ethnic diversity and conflict in the developing world is little understood but highly relevant to a large number of countries. In order to understand this relationship, I focus on a case study of local conflict in the district of Kibaale in western Uganda. Uganda's unusually high population growth rate and high level of ethnic diversity are often seen to have led to communal violence in Kibaale. Yet I claim that while this conflict was indeed sparked by population growth and resultant internal migration, it has nothing to do with ethnic diversity per se. Rather, the conflict in Kibaale has much more to do with nativism and the salience of claims to indigeneity at the local level. Kibaale may thus prove something of a warning sign for other parts of Uganda and other developing countries with similar high population growth and little success in nation-building.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Blackwell
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:38

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