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Title:Special issue: postliberation Eritrea
Editor:Woldemikael, Tekle M.
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Geographic term:Eritrea
Subjects:State-society relationship
military service
External link:https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/toc/at.60.2.html
Abstract:The papers in this special issue of Africa Today deal with the structures of domination and subordination that have emerged in postliberation, postindependence Eritrea. An introductory essay by Tekle M. Woldemikael explores the rise and fall of Eritrea as an African Renaissance State and how it became an absolutist State under the leadership of President Afwerki. Collectively, the articles focus on the refugee-State-diaspora nexus. On the basis of interviews with recent Eritrean refugees in the United States, Assefaw Bariagaber examines how globalization has facilitated the flow of refugees from Eritrea. Victoria Bernal analyses how the information revolution has provided spaces for political engagement for Eritrean diasporas. She argues that diaspora websites are an integral part of Eritrea's national politics. David Bozzini deals with political jokes among Eritrean youth conscripted for national service. Amanda Poole examines how the Eritrean State functions as a gatekeeper that financially supports itself through receiving ransoms from families of refugees and through managing remittances. Finally, Jennifer Riggan explores classroom debates about emigration. These debates allow teachers and students to articulate conflicting beliefs about national duty, personal aspirations and the State. Bibliogr., notes, ref. sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]