Svenja Haberecht: Vom Reichtum eines armen Landes – Nationalfeiern und Nationenbildung in Burkina Faso [PDF]


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MBA Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Volume 40

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270 pp.
1 colour map, 15 colour photos, 6 colour figures, 1 colour chart

Text language: German

In 2010 Burkina Faso celebrated his fiftieth independence jubilee – a milestone in the process of nation building. The anniversary celebration gave rise to memorize the country’s history and proudly to take stock of previous achievements. But it also raised a discussion about the status quo of independence, recent challenges and future development paths.

The present book examines the process of nation building in Burkina Faso along the history of its national days since 1960. Based on comprehensive archive material concerning past celebrations of national days, participatory observation and numerous interviews about the anniversary celebration of 2010, the author analyses the political staging as well as the social counterdrafts of nation.

The examined anniversary celebrations demonstrate that in between the five decades of independence a national consciousness emerged, which – in full consciousness of the country’s material poverty – imposes its cultural diversity as the nation’s wealth.

Analyses of independence movements in several African countries are provided in the paper collection 50 Jahre Unabhängigkeit in Afrika; further studies on ethnicity and nation building in Central and West African countries have been published:

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