Connected Sahel-Sahara in turmoil: the past in the future

TitleConnected Sahel-Sahara in turmoil: the past in the future
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsM.E. de Bruijn
EditorC. Greiner, S. van Wolputte, and M. Bollig
Secondary TitleAfrican futures
Series titleAfrica-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies
Date Published2022
Place PublishedLeiden
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number9789004470811

Can we understand the future better when we consider the past? One way of comprehending the present-day turmoil in the Sahel is to consider how colonial, even pre-colonial, social inequalities inform the socially and politically marginalized positions of some social groups. Also, considering the new connectivities of the Sahel-Sahara space as a continuity of past connectivities explains how information travels and informs positions. Based on longitudinal research in the Sahel, especially central Mali, I explore the ‘heritage’ of hierarchies and connectivity and how they inform the violent condition of the Sahel and a path into the future. Processes are set in motion and cannot be stopped: memories of the past play a contradictory role and inform different possible roads to the future of the Sahel.


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