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Title:Urban centers in Oromia: consequences of spatial concentration of power in multinational Ethiopia
Author:Jalata, AsafaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:The journal of Oromo studies
Volume:17
Issue:2
Pages:39-73
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Oromo
minority groups
urbanization
urban history
political repression
Abstract:This paper examines the essence and characteristics of cities and urban centres in Oromia (Ethiopia) and the main consequences of the centralization and spatial concentration of Habasha (Amhara-Tigray) political power in multinational Ethiopia. It specifically demonstrates how the integration of indigenous Oromo towns into the Ethiopian colonial structure and the formation of garrison and non-garrison cities and towns in Oromia consolidated Habasha political domination over the Oromo people. The Ethiopian colonial structure has limited the access of Oromo urban residents, who are a minority in their own cities and towns, to institutions and opportunities, such as employment, education, health, mass media and other public services. In addition to exclusion, the Oromo have been prevented from developing autonomous institutions, organizations, culture, and language, and have been subordinated to the institutions and organizations of the Habasha colonial settlers in their own cities, towns and homeland. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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