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Demography, diversity and nativism in contemporary Africa: evidence from Uganda

By Elliott D. Green


The relationship between population growth, ethnic diversity and conflict in the developing world is little understood but highly relevant to a large number of countries. In order to understand this relationship, I focus on a case study of local conflict in the district of Kibaale in western Uganda. Uganda's unusually high population growth rate and high level of ethnic diversity are often seen to have led to communal violence in Kibaale. Yet I claim that while this conflict was indeed sparked by population growth and resultant internal migration, it has nothing to do with ethnic diversity per se. Rather, the conflict in Kibaale has much more to do with nativism and the salience of claims to indigeneity at the local level. Kibaale may thus prove something of a warning sign for other parts of Uganda and other developing countries with similar high population growth and little success in nation-building

Topics: JA Political science (General), JF Political institutions (General), DT Africa
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2007.00317.x
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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