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Title:The Material Roots of the Suspended African State: Arguments from Somalia
Author:Samatar, Abdi I.ISNI
Year:1987
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:25
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:669-690
Language:English
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:development
political systems
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160949
Abstract:The main thesis of this article is that African underdevelopment deepens because 1) the envelopment of the global capitalist order continues to condition central variables such as prices, technology, and ideology, which in turn impinge on the pace of accumulation; and 2) the political moment is estranged as a result of the material disconnection of the State from the producers. This debilitating suspension of the State is less an inherent function of the peasant economy than it is of the inherited and indigenized type of political culture. The argument dealing with the State is elucidated here. After a review of the literature on the peripheral State, the authors sketch the Somali variant of its historical and social hinterland, and then discuss the record of the postcolonial State's role in development, and suggest an alien material nesting place for it. Notes, ref.
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