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Torture by Cieng: Ethical Theory Meets Social Practice among the Dinka Agaar of South Sudan

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This article discusses a specific Dinka Agaar practice alongside existing discourses on the social aspects of violence, thereby arguing how it cannot be judged against any universal human rights standard, devoid of local context or of an overarching meta-narrative. These events highlight conflicting subjectivities, ethical norms, and the painful difficulties inherent to advocacy in areas…

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Sudan’s Wars and Peace Agreements

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Originating from the 2008 27th annual conference of the Sudan Studies Association (SSA) of the same title, these essays document and analyze Sudan’s chronic history of armed conflict since independence in 1956 as well as its own and international efforts to bring an end to these conflicts. Link to publication

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Social Capital and Civil War: the Dinka Communities in Sudan’s Civil War

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This article challenges the commonly assumed negative relationship between civil war and social capital, and attempts to develop a more nuanced understanding of the status of social capital in the context of Sudan’s civil war. The empirical findings clearly question any simplistic assumption that conflict erodes social capital. While it is true that certain types…

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The Kafia Kingi Enclave: People, Politics and History in the North-South Boundary Zone of Western Sudan

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When South Sudan became a separate state in 2011, its northern boundary with the Republic of Sudan became an international border, the longest and most contentious in the region. At the westernmost extremity of Sudan, Kafia Kingi is a key meeting point between the two countries. This mineral-rich area is currently under the administration of…

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Countering Rupture: Young Nuer in New Religious Movements

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This article draw attention to the young Nuer generation during the second phase of the civil war in Sudan (1983 – 2005) and their reinvention of themselves in religious movements as a response to the post-1991 shattering of southern political and military unity. Link to publication

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Are non-poor households always less vulnerable? The case of households exposed to protracted civil war in Southern Sudan

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This paper is an attempt to gain a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics of vulnerability during protracted civil war. It shows that during civil war the non-poor are not necessarily less vulnerable than poor households Link to publication

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Arab Identity and Ideology in Sudan: The Politics of Language, Ethnicity, and Race

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In what is now Sudan there occurred over the centuries a process of ta’rib, or Arabization, entailing the gradual spread of both Arab identity and the Arabic language among northern peoples. This article considers the historical diffusion of Sudanese Arabic-language culture and Arab identity, contrasts this with the post-colonial policy of Arabization, and analyses the…

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Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence

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In this book, Jok Madut Jok delves deep into Sudan’s culture and past, isolating the factors that have caused its fractured national identity. He describes how Sudan is a country in turmoil, ravaged by civil war, plagued by roaming gangs of rebel and government militia. Because government propaganda, tales of state-sponsored murder, genocide and humanitarian…

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Sudan: What Kind of State? What Kind of Crisis?

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This paper presents the ethnic and ideological factors in the Sudan crisis as products of other processes, notably the strategies adopted by successive governments for managing the peripheries and the militarisation of society. It differs from many scholarly analyses in its emphasis on the importance of failed consolidation at the centre of power. The implication…

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War, changing ethics and the position of youth in South Sudan

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This book chapter (2005) considers the position of youth and children in the context of the on-going war in Sudan, focusing in particular on the war-provoked and growing contradiction between norms held by the Dinka about the importance of children and childbearing and what young people went through during the second round of the north-south…

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Traditional Authority in Southern Sudan Consolidated Report

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This consolidated report from March 2005 is based on field work studies in different areas of then Southern Sudan. It aimed to provide the Local Government Secretariat of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement with concrete recommendations for the development of a traditional authority framework. The studies were supported by UNDP. Download  

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