The“who gets what” Politics in Africa (Ethiopia)

African politicians in the late 1950s and early 1960s were primarily interested in the issues of “independence”, “national integration”, and “modernization”, some what in that order. This tiny, largely urban and westernized minority, aspired to lead their largely rural, and basically agricultural societies, still governed by traditional authorities who were often deemed decadent and reactionary.
With their knowledge of the economic, political, and social realities of the colonial world, most anthropologists feared a difficult decolonization process. They warned that the persistence of “primordial bonds” (based on kinship, blood, language, and religion) could frustrate the emergence of a new “political society”. The creation of “new states” bent on “modernization” and “national integration” might initially increase conflicts in African societies. After all, they often defined politics as“who gets what”and this frequently involved severe conflict.
SKINNER, E., P. (1998)African Political Cultures and the Problems of GovernmentAfrican Studies Quarterly| Volume 2, Issue 3 | 1998

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