Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783604043 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604050 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only

South Sudan

A Slow Liberation

Edward Thomas

South Sudan

Edward Thomas

Distributed for Zed Books

320 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783604043 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604050 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In 2011, after a lengthy struggle, South Sudan became the world’s youngest independent nation. The area and its people had endured a brutal colonial conquest followed by a century of deliberate government neglect and racial oppression. Sudan’s war of liberation—although victorious—resulted in many negative economic consequences, especially in rural areas dependent upon humanitarian aid. The violent aftermath of independence has resulted in looting, raids, and massacres in some regions.

South Sudan: A Slow Liberation examines these problems and provides a revealing, multi-layered description of the current state of the country. Looking specifically at the Jonglei state, South Sudan’s most mutinous hinterland, Edward Thomas explains how it came to be at the heart of the journey toward state power and liberation and has exemplified South Sudan’s history as a rebel threat to the Sudanese government. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, South Sudan gives a sharply focused, fresh account of the country’s continuing struggle.
Contents
A note on terminology

Introduction: Gabriel Anyang remembers his childhood

Part One: Society and State
1. The social landscape
2. South Sudan’s encounter with modernity
3. Development and representation
4. Theories of revolution
5. State and society in Jonglei after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Part Two: Jonglei's Mutinies
6. The life and death of Hassan Ngachingol
7. The civil wars in Jonglei
8. The geography of conflict in Jonglei after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Part Three: Social Transformation
9. Raiding and eating
10. Nyaburjok

Conclusion: Slow liberation

Bibliography
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
“Drawing on a decade’s worth of experience living and teaching in the southeastern Jonglei state, secondary ethnographic material and two hundred interviews, Thomas finds traces of optimism in the narratives that breathe life into his account of South Sudan’s slow liberation.”
 
Gurtong
"This is a remarkable book. It offers a complex and nuanced analysis of South Sudan’s prolonged and troubled march to political liberation."
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