By Peter Uvin
This booklet could be considered having 3 sections: First, an opinionated historical past of Rwanda, during which Ulvin shortcuts a few hugely politicized debates via easily pointing out his opinion as to, for instance, the particular foundation of the Hutu and Tutsi teams. This part maintains via 1994, and is the most powerful a part of the publication. moment, the e-book features a lengthy rumination of the complicity of nongovernmental organisations and relief teams in Rwanda's racial turmoil and genocide. this may were a superb 3 web page dialogue, the following unfold over approximately ninety pages. eventually, there's a sociological exam of the roots of the Rwandan genocide. the place Ulvin issues out the weaknesses in renowned theories, this is often important. regrettably, an excessive amount of reads like a faculty paper and comprises little of worth for a reader.
Overall, the background part redeems the ebook. The ebook is unquestionably necessary for these attracted to Rwanda, most likely much less necessary to these attracted to racial violence as a rule.
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This After Independence: Strategies for Elite Consolidation 29 process of setting the boundaries is both contingent, that is, influenced by real-world events and thus changeable, and inert, meaning that it is capable of surviving even in the face of intense interaction with others and changed circumstances (Sollors 1996). Ethnicity in Rwanda perfectly illustrates this dual nature. Although it usually invokes the past and tradition, ethnicity is highly dynamic and made up of the needs of the current.
How could they avert challenges to their hold on power? How could they deal with the competing loci of economic and political power of the Bazungu and the Tutsi? How could they justify their hold on power to their fellow Hutu? What was their claim to power? After Independence: Strategies for Elite Consolidation 21 These questions were all the more important because, in Rwanda, as elsewhere in Africa, the state was the main if not the sole avenue for rapid wealth accumulation for the new elites (Reyntjens 1995c, 284).
In the 1990s, this ideology became radicalized rapidly and reached a genocidal level by 1994. This process of radicalization of prejudice—its socioeconomic basis and its political mechanisms, as well as the role of development aid therein—is the core of the remainder of this book. It is important to note that, to my knowledge, no aid agency has ever pushed the government to change these policies. 14 Already in 1972–73, thousands of Tutsi working for foreign aid projects, embassies, and households lost their jobs or were killed, yet development aid 38 BACKGROUND continued as usual—in fact, it greatly increased immediately thereafter.
Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda by Peter Uvin