Conference Paper: “We Have to Work Hard to Love Each Other”

Finally finished my conference contribution on the reproduction of ethnic conflict during the birth of the Republic of South Sudan. Based on fieldwork in the Equatorias, it explores how state-making is reaffirming conflict identities and ethnic divisions.

This paper discusses the reproduction of ethnic conflict in the present phase of state-development in South Sudan. Specifically, the paper surveys tensions between Equatorian and Dinka tribes and their violent manifestations. The paper finds that Equatorian discourses on the Dinka reflect grievances that formed during the 1972-1983 period of Southern self-rule and were consolidated during the subsequent Second Civil War. Drawing on qualitative interviews and focus group discussions conducted in 2011 and 2012, the paper assesses the thematic core of Equatorian grievances towards the Dinka and its manifestation in contemporary discourses on state-development and governance. After a more detailed analysis of two recent violent episodes in the capital of Juba, the author discusses the potential of a consociationalist approach to ethnic conflict in South Sudan.

The full paper can be found here:

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