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Title:Domesticating vigilantism in Africa
Editors:Kirsch, Thomas G.ISNI
Grätz, TiloISNI
City of publisher:Oxford
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:1847010288; 9781847010285
Geographic terms:Africa
Burkina Faso
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
South Africa
Subjects:vigilante groups
crime prevention
Abstract:The number of self-justice and legal self-help groups in Africa is growing, raising questions about entitlement to formulate 'legal principles', enact 'justice', police 'morality' and sanction 'wrongdoings'. The essays in this book are the outcome of a workshop that formed part of the 2005 conference of the German Anthropological Association in Halle, which endeavoured to analyse vigilantism in an African context. The essays are: Vigilantism, State ontologies and encompassment: an introductory essay (T.G. Kirsch, T. Grätz); Domesticating sovereigns: the changing nature of vigilante groups in South Africa (L. Buur); Ethnicity, religion and the failure of 'common law' in Nigeria (on the Oodua People's Congress (OPC) in southwestern Nigeria and 'Hisba' in northern Nigeria; J. Harnischfeger); Dévi and his men: the rise and fall of a vigilante movement in Benin (on the vigilante group in southern Benin founded in 1999 by Dévi Zinsou Ehoun; T. Grätz); Vigilantes in war: boundary crossing of hunters in Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire (S. Hagberg, S. Ouattara); Bodies of power: narratives of selfhood and security in Nigeria (on vigilantism among the Annang of Akwa Ibom; D. Pratten); and Violence in the name of democracy: community policing, vigilante action and nation-building in South Africa (on community policing forums, CPFs; T.G. Kirsch). [ASC Leiden abstract]