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Title: Even the Stones are Burning: Explaining the Ethnic Dimensions of the Civil War in 'Côte d'Ivoire'
Contributor(s): Badmus, Isiaka Alani (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: This article analyses the current civil conflict in the once oasis of peace and haven of political stability within the West African sub-region, Côte d'Ivoire, and specifically looks at the ethnic dimensions of the war. It commences with the discussions of the historical and other backgrounds to the current political cataclysm by scrutinising the ethnic composition of the country within the context of the migratory waves of the pre- and post-independence period. This is followed by the analysis of the impacts of ethnicity on the management of ethnic pluralism especially during the First Republic and the birth of the xenophobic ideology of Ivoirité as antecedent to the current socio-political upheaval. Finally, the article recommends and argues strongly that since ethnicity is at the root of the Ivorian civil conflict, de-ethnicisation of politics will serve as appropriate therapy for a conflict-free Cote d'Ivoire where Ivorian, irrespective of his/her ethnic and religious backgrounds, will be seen and regarded as genuine and bonafide citizen of the country.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Social Sciences, 18(1), p. 45-57
Publisher: Kamla-Raj Enterprises
Place of Publication: Delhi, India
ISSN: 0971-8923
Field of Research (FOR): 160607 International Relations
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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