Recovering Wolaitta: an historical ethnography of identity and change in rural Ethiopia

The study aims to reassess the local history and socio-cultural identity discourse of the Wolaitta people in central Ethiopia, interpreting their plight and presenting their ‘ethnic’ discourse now more along clan and class lines. This project in historical anthropology is also an attempt at ‘participatory history’ writing, by giving an important place to ‘native’ accounts of the recent history of the region and of the ‘developmental’ trajectories that its people went through in the past five decades.

About this project

Project type: 
Research project
Part of the following research theme(s): 
Period: 
2008 to 2014
Status: 
Ongoing

Researchers

Geographic

Keywords

livelihoods; historical identity; ethnic relations and conflict; state rural policy; development aid

Funding and cooperation

Funding: 

ASC

Cooperation: 

Centre Français d’Études Ethiopiennes, Addis Ababa

Additional information

Research output: 

- paper in the journal Afriche e Orienti 13 (2011).

- Monograph
- 2 papers
- Conference presentations