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The Second-Generation Liberation Movement in Southern Sudan: Anti-Colonialism as a Set of Practices

Voller, Yaniv (2019) The Second-Generation Liberation Movement in Southern Sudan: Anti-Colonialism as a Set of Practices. Civil Wars, 21 (1). pp. 54-82. ISSN 1369-8249. E-ISSN 1743-968X. (doi:10.1080/13698249.2019.1572286) (KAR id:71722)

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A remarkable feature of the Southern Sudanese liberation movement during the First Sudanese Civil War was its use of anti-colonial discourse and tactics. Soon into their struggle, the Southern Sudanese movement came to depict the Southern population as colonised by the Muslim-Arab Northern elite in Khartoum. This depiction served as the background to the Southern guerrilla campaign against the Sudanese government. As I argue in this paper, the Southern Sudanese movement’s adoption of anti-colonial identity and practices was the outcome of Southern Sudanese engagement and interaction with neighbouring Arab and African first-generation liberation movements, through which the future leaders of the Southern Sudanese liberation movement observed and absorbed the practices used against European colonialism. When the Southern Sudanese launched their liberation struggle, these practices served as their default background knowledge, which instructed the Southern Sudanese leaders on what a liberation struggle should look like, and how it can be justified. As one of the pioneering second-generation liberation movements, and affording us a vast range of primary sources into the movement, its leadership and their ideas, studying the Southern Sudanese liberation struggle enriches our understanding of post-colonial liberation wars and their evolution.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13698249.2019.1572286
Uncontrolled keywords: Civil wars; anti-colonialism; liberation; insurgency; practice theory; Third World; South Sudan; Arabism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Yaniv Voller
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2019 00:00 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 22:09 UTC
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