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Mediating Ethnic Conflict at the Grassroots: the Role of Local Associational Life in Shaping Political Values in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

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dc.contributor.author Morris MacLean, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-24T13:52:54Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-24T13:52:54Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Morris MacLean, Lauren. Mediating Ethnic Conflict at the Grassroots: the Role of Local Associational Life in Shaping Political Values in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 42(4): 589-617. en
dc.identifier.uri http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=257567 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/3146
dc.description This article has been deposited with the full permission of the publisher. en
dc.description.abstract This article attempts to understand why ethnic-regional civil war has challenged the national unity of Côte d'Ivoire and not Ghana, two neighbouring countries with nearly identical ethnic, religious, and regional divisions, by examining politics at the grassroots. Based on a carefully controlled comparison of two similar regions of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the study investigates how participation in local voluntary associations reinforces the local experience of the state to shape the ongoing development of political values and affect the prospects for ethnic peace and democracy. The article finds that participation in ethnically heterogenous voluntary associations does not necessarily promote democratic values and practice. In fact, in Côte d'Ivoire, participation in ethnically heterogeneous cocoa producer and mutual assistance organisations reinforces vertical patronage networks based on narrower ethnic identities. In contrast, in Ghana, participation in more ethnically homogeneous local church groups encourages the development of democratic values and practices at the local level that mediate the potential for ethnic conflict and support the consolidation of a democratic regime. en
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dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.rights Article is copyright of Cambridge University Press. Please contact the publisher at www.cambridge.org to use or reproduce this work. en
dc.subject ethnic conflict en
dc.subject West Africa en
dc.subject civil society en
dc.subject case studies en
dc.title Mediating Ethnic Conflict at the Grassroots: the Role of Local Associational Life in Shaping Political Values in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. en
dc.type Article en


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