n African Security Review - Experiences from the parliamentary elections in Somaliland : places that do not exist : Africa watch

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Extracted from text ... In a recent BBC documentary series provocatively entitled 'Places that don't exist' the presenter, Simon Reeves, toured a number of internationally non-recognised states, from Abkhazia to Taiwan. Topping this list of unusual territories was Somaliland, which, he explained, was the inspiration for the project. The documentary captured the tensions in mainstream understanding of the meaning of both 'citizenship' and the 'nation-state' in generally accepted discourses on development. By pitting the everyday experiences and achievements of stateless citizens against a state-centric theory worldview, the documentary underscored the disengagement between political theory and reality. This phenomenon has been emphasised recently during ..


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