Power, conflict, and citizenship: Mozambique ’s contemporary struggles
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ID 4262848
Author(s) Macamo, Elisio
Author(s) at UniBasel Macamo, Elisio
Year 2018
Title Power, conflict, and citizenship: Mozambique ’s contemporary struggles
Editor(s) Antunes Gomes, Catarina; Abreu, Cesaltina
Book title African Citizenship Aspirations As Time Goes By or How Far Till Banjul
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford
Pages 108
Keywords Citizenship, millennial consciousness, eschatological nationalism, Frelimo, Renamo

The paper analyzes Mozambique’s political trajectory through the prism of the relationship between state and society. It argues that a political culture deeply rooted in millennial thinking – based on the eschatological belief that political intervention settles societal problems once and for all – has fostered a deep hostility towards citizenship rights and, for this reason, has regularly brought democracy to the brink of collapse. Thus, the paper is an attempt at identifying a conceptual framework on the basis of which empirically grounded descriptions of Mozambique’s recent political history can be conducted.

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