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Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo
Power to the Margins

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  • Date Published: February 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107442221

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  • This book discusses the radical transformation of eastern Congo's political order in the context of apparent armed destruction and state weakness. Looking beyond the dominant paradigms, the author critically assesses the premises of this region's presumed collapse into chaos. He traces violent rule patterns back to a tumultuous history of extra-economic accumulation, armed rebellion and de facto public authority in the margins of regional power plays. Rather than curing the world's ills, the originality of this book lies in its neat focus on cultural and economic uncertainty. It answers the question of what institutional changes are the result of strategies of daily risk management in an environment characterised by violent competition over the right to govern.

    • Twists the dominant paradigm on African crisis and emergency towards a more fundamental question about (hybrid) social change over a century
    • Rewrites African history from the vantage point of Africans themselves, amongst others, through the use of extensive biographic and contextual detail
    • Provides considerable analytical depth into the ways political order comes about and is being reproduced in the margins of regional power competition
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… a welcome addition to our knowledge of contemporary political practices and a necessary corrective to assumptions about politics in general and African politics in particular."
    Dr Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database (

    ‘Raeymaekers engages with several theoretical debates and deploys a broad spectrum of concepts. This eclectic theoretical style opens up a wealth of thought-provoking perspectives on the political economy of violent political orders. … the book represents a remarkable contribution to the study of violent political orders and the political economy of conflict. It is built on extensive field research and unique historical material and is exceptionally well researched.’ Kasper Hoffann, The Journal of Modern African Studies

    'In Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo, Timothy Raeymaekers provides a compelling and nuanced account of the dynamic border region shared by the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, which has not been ruled effectively by any de jure sovereign state authority in decades.' Vanessa van den Boogaard, African Studies Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107442221
    • length: 203 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Congo's central margins
    2. The rise of indigenous capitalism
    3. Managing uncertainty
    4. The transformation of regulation
    5. Transformation without transition

  • Author

    Timothy Raeymaekers, Universität Zürich
    Timothy Raeymaekers is Lecturer in Political Geography at Universität Zürich. He is co-editor of Conflict and Social Transformation in Eastern DR Congo (2004) and Violence on the Margins: State, Conflict, and Borderlands (2013), and has published numerous journal articles.

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