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Title:The postcolonial state, 'state penetration' and the Nkoya experience in Central Western Zambia
Author:Binsbergen, W. vanISNI
Periodical:Les cahiers du CEDAF
Geographic term:Zambia
Abstract:In this paper two phases in Nkoya peasants' attitudes towards the postcolonial Zambian state are contrasted. One phase, of aloofness and apparent 'nonpenetration', relates to the early 1970s; the next phase is that of the much greater ideological and active support for the state among the same people, less than a decade later. At first glance, the phase of aloofness might be interpreted as a baseline of a process of political incorporation; the changes leading to the next phase would then appear to amount to some sort of increased 'state penetration'. An historical analysis of political structures in Central Western Zambia over a much longer period reveals the spuriousness of this view and illuminates contemporary options in the light of collective political experiences that have merged with notions of sacred kingship which predate the state to articulate a contemporary ethnic identity. Bibliogr., notes, ref.