Title
Living the transition : a bottom-up perspective on Rwanda's political transition Living the transition : a bottom-up perspective on Rwanda's political transition
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerp :UA, [*]
Subject
Politics
Source (series)
IOB discussion paper / UA, Institute of Development Policy and Management; 2007:06
Volume/pages
60 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Political transitions are dominantly analyzed top-down and focus on a narrow range of political processes and institutions. Critical rethinkings of the transition paradigm entail that structural factors, such as historical legacies and ethnic make-up, determine the trajectory of political transitions. In this paper we intend to complement top-down approaches by offering a bottom-up perspective revealing what it means to live through a transition in the ordinary perception. We use the Rwandan transition as case-study. An analysis of over 400 life histories of ordinary Rwandan peasants and their subjective ranking exercises over time on a ladder of life portrays the trajectory of the Rwandan transition as perceived from below. The ethnicity of the respondents functions as pivot to shed light on the structural factor underlying the Rwandan transition: the Hutu-Tutsi bi-polarity.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/fb0647/1585.pdf
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