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Whispering Truth to Power Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda

ISBN-10: 0299296741
ISBN-13: 9780299296742
Edition: 2013
Authors: Susan M. Thomson
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Description: For 100 days in 1994 genocide engulfed Rwanda. Since then, many in the international community have praised the country's postgenocide government for its efforts to foster national unity and reconciliation by downplaying ethnic differences and  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

For 100 days in 1994 genocide engulfed Rwanda. Since then, many in the international community have praised the country's postgenocide government for its efforts to foster national unity and reconciliation by downplaying ethnic differences and promoting "one Rwanda for all Rwandans." Examining how ordinary rural Rwandans experience and view these policies, Whispering Truth to Power challenges the conventional wisdom on postgenocide Rwanda.            Susan Thomson finds that many of Rwanda's poorest citizens distrust the local officials charged with implementing the state program and believe that it ignores the deepest problems of the countryside: lack of land, jobs, and a voice in policies that affect lives and livelihoods. Based on interviews with dozens of Rwandan peasants and government officials, this book reveals how the nation's disenfranchised poor have been engaging in everyday resistance, cautiously and carefully—"whispering" their truth to the powers that be. This quiet opposition, Thomson argues, suggests that some of the nation's most celebrated postgenocide policies have failed to garner the grassroots support needed to sustain peace.

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List of Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments: The Story behind the Findings
Introduction: State Power as Lived Experience
Bringing in Peasant Rwandans through Life History Interviewing
The Historical Role of the State in Everyday Life
A Continuum of Violence, 1990-2: Exiles, Refugees, and Returnees
Practices of National Unity and Reconciliation
Everyday Resistance to National Unity and Reconciliation
Everyday Resistance to the Gacaca Process
Conclusion: Explaining Systems of Power through Acts of Everyday Resistance
Dramatis Personae
Socioeconomic Hierarchy in Rwanda
Administrative Units in Rwanda
Glossary
Notes
References
Index

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