Putting the Cart Before the Horse by Abdi Kusow
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Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Contested Nationalism and the Crisis of the Nation-State in Somalia
Challenging the assumption that a common culture can form the basis for national solidarity, this volume considers the interpretive conflict between lineage-based and territorial paradigms of national identity in Somalia.
Sample topics include the links between nationalism and local economic circumstances; nationalist resistance movements in southern Somalia; and changing gender roles among Somalis in exile. A diverse group of contributors includes academics representing a range of disciplines as well as a journalist and a civil engineer.