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Bushmen and diamonds: (un)civil society in Botswana
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Botswana's democracy is often considered to be a comparatively advanced and positive example of an African state in terms of political culture and the notion of "good governance". This paper challenges the assumption that the country's current political and socio-economic system is, in fact, exemplary. It highlights some of the limitations by focussing on the particular situation of the Bushmen/San as a margina-lized minority denied citizens' rights and losing out against the material interests accompanying the exploration and exploitation of diamonds, the most lucrative natural resource contributing to Botswana's "success story".The author has on previous occasions presented and published related analyses within the research network on "Liberation and Democracy in Southern Africa" (LiDeSA), which is currently coordinated through the Nordic Africa Institute. This publication is another result of the collaboration within this project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2003. , 40 p.
Series
Discussion Paper, ISSN 1104-8417 ; 23
Keyword [en]
Botswanana, Politics, Democracy, Diamonds, Human rights
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-178ISBN: 91-7106-520-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-178DiVA: diva2:241418
Note
CONTENTS -- Botswana's Liberal Democracy -- Presidentialism and Low Accountability in Government -- The San, Inequalities and the Exploitation of Diamonds -- Diamonds, Inequalities and "Negative Peace" -- Protest, "Terrorism" and Democracy -- Undiversified Economy, Weak Civil Society and State Incapacity -- Appendix: -- Maps of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve before and after the ExpulsionsAvailable from: 2009-10-02 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2009-10-02Bibliographically approved

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