Dam controversies: contested governance and developmental discourse on the Ethiopian Omo River dam

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Dam controversies: contested governance and developmental discourse on the Ethiopian Omo River dam

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Dam controversies: contested governance and developmental discourse on the Ethiopian Omo River dam
Author: Abbink, G.J.
Journal Title: Social Anthropology
Issue: 2
Volume: 20
Start Page: 125
End Page: 144
Pages: 20
Issue Date: 2012
Keywords: Ethiopia
dams
ethnic conflicts
state
Abstract: State mega-infrastructure projects in developing countries evoke challenges to citizenship and reconstruct the imagery of statecraft. The Ethiopian government’s construction of a large dam in the Omo River evoked contesting accounts of development and legitimate governance among a variety of actors. Debates between relevant actors centre on classic topoi of the ‘development’ discourse but present seemingly irreconcilable views. In the process, discourses of technocratic expertise claiming to evade ‘politics’ as well as culturally grounded socio-economic narratives are mobilised. They are juxtaposed here to develop an anthropological interpretation of the discursive positions, connecting the analysis to a consideration of precarious citizenship and coercive state consolidation in Ethiopia.
Uri: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20675
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20675
 

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