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Title:The Banyamulenge of South Kivu: the 'Nationality Question'
Author:Court, Anthony
Year:2013
Periodical:African Studies (ISSN 1469-2872)
Volume:72
Issue:3
Pages:416-439
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:Banyamulenge
ethnic relations
citizenship
national identity
political history
State-society relationship
Abstract:The aim of this article is to address the question of the relationship between the ethnogenesis of the Banyamulenge in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and their status as nationals and citizens of that country. It focuses on three principal questions that have impacted on the formative relationship between the Banyamulenge of South Kivu province and the broader Congolese society: the diverse historical forms and stages of regional migration of Kinyarwanda speakers into pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Congo-Zaire; the nature of the post-independence Zairian State and its role in the manipulation and instrumentalization of group identifications in the Kivu provinces; and the import of the discourses of nationalism and 'nation-Statism' in the post-colony. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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