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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Ethnicity, Regionalism and National Cohesion in the Sudan
Author:Beshir, M.O.
Year:1980
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Volume:61
Pages:1-14
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:ethnicity
separatism
Ethnic and Race Relations
nationalism
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:There is an urgent need to research and study the origins of and find solutions to the problems which ethnicity and cultural diversity pose for stability and for nation building. This paper is about the Sudan and the measures and steps it has taken to manage the conflict between the North and the South and to regulate relations between its diverse groups including those between various groups in the North. It deals however with only one measure, namely regionalism. Regionalism, in this context, refers to a political and administrative structure attached to a unit or region within a unitary state. In this paper it refers to regional autonomy in the Southern Sudan and to the regional structure in the northern regions of the Sudan. It should not be confused with a federal system. The two regional systems treated in this paper are unique because they exist only in the Sudan. Concern in this paper is how the two models originated in the first place, how they developed, and their relevance to national cohesion within a unitary state with a strong presidential system of government. Bibliogr.
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