Networks of Dissolution: Somalia Undone

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In this penetrating and timely book, Anna Simons documents Somalia’s impending slide toward anarchy. How do people react to a failing yet still repressive government? What do they do when the banks run out of cash? How do they cope with unprecedented uncertainty? These are some of the questions Simons addresses as she introduces the reader to Somalia’s descent into dissolution from within the Somali capital of Mogadishu.Exploring the volatile mix of external interest in Somalia, internal politicking, and enduring...

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In this penetrating and timely book, Anna Simons documents Somalia’s impending slide toward anarchy. How do people react to a failing yet still repressive government? What do they do when the banks run out of cash? How do they cope with unprecedented uncertainty? These are some of the questions Simons addresses as she introduces the reader to Somalia’s descent into dissolution from within the Somali capital of Mogadishu.Exploring the volatile mix of external interest in Somalia, internal politicking, and enduring social structure, she shows how cross-cultural misunderstanding and regroupment are key to explaining Somalia’s breakdown at the national level. One aim of this book is to challenge broadly held assumptions about the content of nationalism, tribalism, and the state, as defined and debated by academics and as experienced by individuals. Another is to analyze the making of a pivotal moment in Somali history. Simons charts new ground in the study of the dissolution of a state at all levels, shuttling back and forth between micro and macro frames, historical and everyday practices, and expatriate and Somali experiences.

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Documents what Simons (anthropology, U. of California-Los Angeles) calls Somalia's impending slide toward anarchy by exploring the volatile mix of external interests, internal politicking, and the enduring social structures. She also breaks new methodological ground by synthesizing micro and macro frames, historical and everyday practices, and expatriate and Somali experiences. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813325811
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Map of Colonial Somalia
Pt. 1 Introductions
Pt. 2 Histories
Pt. 3 Chronology 1988 - 1989
Pt. 4 Pastoral Ideology and Urban Realities
Pt. 5 Family to "Family"
Pt. 6 Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
About the Book and Author
Index
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