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Title:Regulation, cross-border trade and practical norms in West Nile, north-western Uganda
Authors:Titeca, KristofISNI
De Herdt, TomISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:illicit trade
External links:https://doi.org/10.3366/afr.2010.0403
Abstract:This article describes how cross-border trade in West Nile, northwestern Uganda, to a large extent takes place outside of the legal framework. This does not mean that this trade is unregulated. The authors use the concept of 'practical norms' to show the existence of regulation within this trade, which diverges both from official norms and social norms ('moral economy'). The article describes how these practical norms emerged and how they are enforced. First, it is shown how the moral economy of cross-border trade between northwestern Uganda, northeastern Congo and southern Sudan plays an important role in the articulation of these norms. Second, the authors ask which practical concerns play a role in sustaining the norms and how deviations from them activate open power struggles. And third, they show how concrete events have played a role in their emergence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]