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Title:The force of action: legitimizing the coup in Bamako, Mali
Author:Whitehouse, BruceISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Africa Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Volume:47
Issue:2-3
Pages:93-110
Language:English
Geographic term:Mali
Subjects:coups d'état
2012
legitimacy
About person:Amadou Haya Sanogo
Link:http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/552
Abstract:The coup d'état that occurred in Bamako, Mali, in March 2012 brought a previously unknown army captain named Amadou Sanogo to power. This paper analyses Malian media reports to explore how Sanogo and his associates sought to legitimize their takeover with reference to local conceptions of heroism, power and destiny, and how Sanogo's public image resonated with time-honoured narratives about heroic figures in Malian culture. This case demonstrates that understanding religious world views is essential for understanding the workings of political power. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract]
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