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Title:Local Politics in the Time of Turabi's Revolution: Gender, Class and Ethnicity in Western Sudan
Authors:Kevane, Michael
Gray, Leslie
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Sudan
local politics
social classes
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Ethnic and Race Relations
Status of Women
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1161194
Abstract:In one small village in central Kordofan, western Sudan, local political struggles over power and resources are enmeshed in discursive struggles over representations of gender, ethnicity, class and community. Analysis of two specific conflicts during the three years between 1989 and 1992 illustrates this point. In one conflict over control of a village grain cooperative some villagers sought to exclude women, West African immigrants and the poor from participating in political decisionmaking. In a second conflict over a roadside market these same villagers, empowered by the divisive rhetoric and policies of the National Islamic Front (NIF) regime, again mobilized dominant representations of class, gender and ethnicity in an attempt to prevent marginal groups from gaining economic advantage. In both cases, villagers translated national discourses in different ways, refracting ideology to meet their specific local interests. These conflicts and fractured discourses epitomize the process of civil breakdown that has marked the tenure of Hassan al-Turabi's regime which took power in 1989. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.