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Title:The chiefs of Upoto: political encapsulation and the transformation of tradition in North-western Zaïre
Author:Schatzberg, Michael G.ISNI
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
traditional polities
Abstract:Upoto - with its indigenous ethnic group the Bapoto - is located on the right bank of the Zaïre River and occupies a strip of land six hundred meters deep between the Langa Langa and Dwalu Rivers. It is apporoximately four kilometers west of present-day Lisala. Aims of this article: 1) to trace the political evolution of the Bapoto chieftaincy from 1908 to 1972; 2) to pay attention to the broader processes of political encapsulation which were taking place in Zaïre; 3) to trace the similarities and differences in the political relationships between Upoto, on the one hand, and the governments of the Belgian Congo, the First Republic, and Mobutu's regime, on the other; 4) to reevaluate what is meant by political tradition. Notes.