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State-building in Somalia: Voices from the “International community” and the “Somali diaspora”

Elmi, Samira LU (2013) SOCK01 20131
Sociology
Abstract
Somalia has been a failed state since 1991, which has made it questionable whether the country would be able to rebuild its state. This thesis aims at understanding the factors affecting the state-building process in the country based on voices from interviewees belonging to the “International community” and the “Somali diaspora”. To gain an understanding of what implications the factors could have on the reconstitution of a Somali state, a Weberian inspired theoretical framework was applied. This thesis argues that three main categories i.e. political, social and economic factors can be identified as having implications on the state-building process. However, the political aspects are highlighted as the most important. Furthermore it is... (More)
Somalia has been a failed state since 1991, which has made it questionable whether the country would be able to rebuild its state. This thesis aims at understanding the factors affecting the state-building process in the country based on voices from interviewees belonging to the “International community” and the “Somali diaspora”. To gain an understanding of what implications the factors could have on the reconstitution of a Somali state, a Weberian inspired theoretical framework was applied. This thesis argues that three main categories i.e. political, social and economic factors can be identified as having implications on the state-building process. However, the political aspects are highlighted as the most important. Furthermore it is argued that the ideal state model, as a Eurocentric discourse, evolves to the “hegemonic powers” advantage, thus supporting their dominant position, which makes it questionable if the Somali state can adapt to such a model. (Less)
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author
Elmi, Samira LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOCK01 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Somalia, state-building, Weberian ideal state, social contract, power relationships, Eurocentric discourse
language
English
id
3812863
date added to LUP
2013-06-27 14:50:32
date last changed
2013-06-27 14:50:32
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  abstract     = {Somalia has been a failed state since 1991, which has made it questionable whether the country would be able to rebuild its state. This thesis aims at understanding the factors affecting the state-building process in the country based on voices from interviewees belonging to the “International community” and the “Somali diaspora”. To gain an understanding of what implications the factors could have on the reconstitution of a Somali state, a Weberian inspired theoretical framework was applied. This thesis argues that three main categories i.e. political, social and economic factors can be identified as having implications on the state-building process. However, the political aspects are highlighted as the most important. Furthermore it is argued that the ideal state model, as a Eurocentric discourse, evolves to the “hegemonic powers” advantage, thus supporting their dominant position, which makes it questionable if the Somali state can adapt to such a model.},
  author       = {Elmi, Samira},
  keyword      = {Somalia,state-building,Weberian ideal state,social contract,power relationships,Eurocentric discourse},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {State-building in Somalia: Voices from the “International community” and the “Somali diaspora”},
  year         = {2013},
}