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HOW ARE HOSTILE IDENTITIES FORMED: A CASE STUDY OF KENYA & CAMEROON

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posted on 2023-09-07, 23:14 authored by Norah-Frida Tebid
This paper sets out to examine exclusion and state predation, mistrust in state institutions, and negative attitudes about democracy as potential drivers of negative/hostile attitudes by members of particular ethnic groups towards the state. It addresses three questions. First, can the exclusion and predation by a state on a particular ethnic group cause members of that ethnic group to form negative attitudes towards said state? Second, can mistrust in state institutions and negative attitudes about democracy also move members of a particular ethnic group to form negative attitudes towards the state? And, finally, can those negative attitudes be mobilized in such a way that it leads to the formation of a hostile identity group? I will be using Afrobarometer data on Kenya and Cameroon to argue that marginalized ethnic groups, which refers to ethnic groups that have been shut out of the neo patrimonial systems that exist in Kenya and Cameroon will be more likely compared to ethnic groups that have historically been included in the patronage system in their respective states to form negative attitudes towards those states.

History

Publisher

American University

Language

English

Committee chair

Adrienne LeBas

Committee member(s)

Adam Auerbach

Degree discipline

Comparative and Regional Studies

Degree grantor

American University. School of International Service

Degree level

  • Masters

Degree name

M.A. in Comparative and Regional Studies

Local identifier

Tebid_american_0008N_12044

Media type

application/pdf

Pagination

72 pages

Access statement

Electronic thesis available to American University authorized users only, per author's request.

Submission ID

12044

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