FulBe Pastoralists and the Neo-Patrimonial State in the Chad Basin

  • Mark Moritz Western Oregon University
Keywords: Fulbe Pastoralists, Neo-Patrimonial State, Political Organization, Insecurity, Pastoral Development


I argue in this paper that studies of African pastoral societies should consider the informal politics of the neo-patrimonial state in their analyses of pastoralists' relations with the state, rather than focus on the official laws and policies of an ideal bureaucratic state. To illustrate my argument I examine the role of the neopatrimonial state in the lives of nomadic FulBe Marlen pastoralists. I cover pastoral development, access to grazing land and insecurity, situating the analysis within the historical and geographical contexts of the Chad Basin.


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