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Title:Paying 'buckets of blood' for the land: moral debates over economy, war and State in Southern Sudan
Author:Leonardi, CherryISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:South Sudan
Subjects:land conflicts
rural economy
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23018920
Abstract:This paper challenges the prevailing focus on ethnic division and conflict in Southern Sudan in recent years, demonstrating that even within ethnically divisive debates over land, there are shared, transethnic levels of moral concern. These concerns centre on the commodification and monetization of rural and kinship resources, including human life itself, epitomized in ideas of land being bought with blood, or blood being turned into money by the recent wartime economy. The paper argues that the enduring popular ambivalence towards money derives not only from its commonly observed individualizing properties, but also from the historical association of money with government. Southern Sudanese perceive historical continuity in government consumption and corruption, and express concern at the expansion of its alternative value system into rural economies during and since the war. Whilst seeking to access money and government, they nevertheless continue to employ a discursive but powerful dichotomy between the moral worlds of State and kinship. The paper is based on research conducted in the southernmost states of Central, Western and Eastern Equatoria since 2004. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]