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The institutionalisation of “noise” and “silence” in urban politics: riots and compliance in Uganda and Rwanda

Goodfellow, Tom (2013) The institutionalisation of “noise” and “silence” in urban politics: riots and compliance in Uganda and Rwanda. Oxford Development Studies, 41 (4). pp. 1436-454. ISSN 1360-0818

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13600818.2013.807334


Amid ongoing debates about institutions and development, the importance of informal institutions (or norms) is widely recognised. Relatively little, however, is known about how informal institutions form and persist over time in particular contexts. This paper combines a concern with the process of informal institutionalisation and a focus on everyday politics in urban areas. Drawing on a comparative study of Kampala (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda), it argues that in the former the regular mobilisation of urban social groups into protests and riots has institutionalised what might be termed "noise" as the most meaningful form of political participation. In Kigali, by contrast, comparatively "silent" processes of collective mobilisation that involve structured activities and community "self-policing" have become institutionalised. The paper analyses these differential patterns, considering the tacit norms of negotiation in each case and the incentives for urban social and political actors to adhere to them.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Oxford Department of International Development.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2013 11:43
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:48

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