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A Hill Among a Thousand: Transformations and Ruptures in Rural Rwanda (Africa and the Diaspora)

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Sometimes called and#8220;the land of a thousand hills,and#8221; Rwanda has witnessed upheavals of massive proportions. Looking at the people of one hill community, Danielle de Lame shows how they coped with unprecedented change during the twilight years of Rwandaand#8217;s Second Republic. In an insightful, meticulously researched study focusing on the late 1980s and early 1990s, de Lame situates this rural community, located at the heart of the Kibuye prefecture, within the larger context of Rwandan history and society. In this country without villages, it is the networks of kinship, administration, and commerce that create complex patterns of solidarity and dependency. De Lame reveals these patterns in all their intricacy, and her treatment of the region and its rhythms speaks at the same time to the economics of production, the inequalities of power, and the dynamics of social transformation. The ultimate goal of her work is to restore the individuality of the people she studies, and#8220;making them neither executioners nor victims but men and women fashioning their own destiny, day after day.and#8221;

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In the last years of Rwanda's Second Republic, in a country in which there are no villages, only vast networks of kinship, Lame explains how commerce, society, and the very family became intertwined in informal and completely co-dependent relationships which create an effective solidarity. In this comprehensive and sensitive ethnography, Lame tracks how people in shifting and changing groups coped and even thrived in some cases in shifting and changing societies. In a unique voice she describes the living of space and time from or to one hill or another, the role of the personal and the impersonal, the supremacy of the gift and the ritualized exchange, and the ramifications of wealth and the violence of power.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

In the last years of Rwanda's Second Republic, in a country in which there are no villages, only vast networks of kinship, Lame explains how commerce, society, and the very family became intertwined in informal and completely co-dependent relationships which create an effective solidarity. In this comprehensive and sensitive ethnography, Lame tracks how people in shifting and changing groups coped and even thrived in some cases in shifting and changing societies. In a unique voice she describes the living of space and time from or to one hill or another, the role of the personal and the impersonal, the supremacy of the gift and the ritualized exchange, and the ramifications of wealth and the violence of power. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and critical fashion. By paying close attention to memory politics, human rights, justice, foreign relations, land use, education, and other key social institutions and practices, this volume raises serious concerns about the depth and durability of the country’s reconstruction.

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Synopsis:

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Scott Straus is associate professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda. Lars Waldorf, senior lecturer in international human rights law at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, is coeditor of Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants.

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In the mid-1990s, civil war and genocide ravaged Rwanda. Since then, the country’s new leadership has undertaken a highly ambitious effort to refashion Rwanda’s politics, economy, and society, and the country’s accomplishments have garnered widespread praise. Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and critical fashion. By paying close attention to memory politics, human rights, justice, foreign relations, land use, education, and other key social institutions and practices, this volume raises serious concerns about the depth and durability of the country’s reconstruction.

            Edited by Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf, Remaking Rwanda brings together experienced scholars and human rights professionals to offer a nuanced, historically informed picture of post-genocide Rwanda—one that reveals powerful continuities with the nation’s past and raises profound questions about its future.
 
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About the Author

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Remaking Rwanda is an ambitious book, a rich and varied compilation that demonstrates the full complement of approaches, methods, and concerns informing the study of post-genocide Rwanda.”—Lee Ann Fujii, author of Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda

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Table of Contents

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Preface            

List of Abbreviations        

 

Alison Des Forges: Remembering a Human Rights Hero        

    Kenneth Roth

The Historian as Human Rights Activist        

    David Newbury

 

Introduction: Seeing Like a Post-Conflict State   

    Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf

 

Part I. Governance and State Building

1. Limitations to Political Reform: The Undemocratic Nature of Transition in Rwanda    

    Timothy Longman

2. Instrumentalizing Genocide: The RPF\\\'s Campaign against "Genocide Ideology"    

    Lars Waldorf

3. The Ruler\\\'s Drum and the People\\\'s Shout: Accountability and Representation on Rwanda\\\'s Hills    

    Bert Ingelaere

4. Building a "Rwanda Fit for Children"    

    Kirrily Pells

5. Beyond "You\\\'re Either with Us or against Us": Civil Society and Policymaking in Post-Genocide Rwanda    

    Paul Gready

 

Part II. International and Regional Contexts

6. Aid Dependence and Policy Independence: Explaining the Rwandan Paradox    

    Eugenia Zorbas

7. Funding Fraud? Donors and Democracy in Rwanda        

    Rachel Hayman

8. Waging (Civil) War Abroad: Rwanda and the DRC        

    Filip Reyntjens

9. Bad Karma: Accountability for Rwandan Crimes in the Congo        

    Jason Stearns and Federico Borello

 

Part III. Justice

10. Victor\\\'s Justice Revisited: Rwandan Patriotic Front Crimes and the Prosecutorial Endgame at the ICTR    

    Victor Peskin

11. The Uneasy Relationship between the ICTR and Gacaca        

    Don Webster

12. The Sovu Trials: The Impact of Genocide Justice on One Community    

    Max Rettig

13. "All Rwandans Are Afraid of Being Arrested One Day": Prisoners Past, Present, and Future    

    Carina Tertsakian

 

Part IV. Economic Development

14. High Modernism at the Ground Level: The Imidugudu Policy in Rwanda    

    Catharine Newbury

15. Rwanda\\\'s Post-Genocide Economic Reconstruction: The Mismatch between Elite Ambitions and Rural Realities        

    An Ansoms

16. The Presidential Land Commission: Undermining Land Law Reform    

    Chris Huggins

 

Part V. History and Memory

17. The Past Is Elsewhere: The Paradoxes of Proscribing Ethnicity in Post-Genocide Rwanda        

    Nigel Eltringham

18. Topographies of Remembering and Forgetting: The Transformation of Lieux de Mémoire in Rwanda

    Jens Meierhenrich

19. Teaching History in Post-Genocide Rwanda        

    Sarah Warshauer Freedman, Harvey M. Weinstein, Karen Murphy, and Timothy Longman

20. Young Rwandans\\\' Narratives of the Past (and Present)    

    Lyndsay McLean Hilker

21. Reeducation for Reconciliation: Participant Observations on Ingando        

    Susan Thomson

 

Part VI. Concluding Observations

Justice and Human Rights for All Rwandans        

    Joseph Sebarenzi

The Dancing is Still the Same        

    Aloys Habimana

 

Acknowledgments        

Contributors        

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780299215606
Translator:
Arnold, Helen
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Translator:
Arnold, Helen
Author:
de Lame, Danielle
Author:
Danielle de Lame
Author:
Waldorf, Lars
Author:
Straus, Scott
Author:
Arnold, Helen
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Developing countries
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Rural development
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Third World Development
Subject:
Rwanda Economic conditions.
Subject:
Rwanda Social conditions.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Africa and the Diaspora
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 tables, 3 charts, 2 maps
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Social Science » Developing Countries
History and Social Science » World History » General

A Hill Among a Thousand: Transformations and Ruptures in Rural Rwanda (Africa and the Diaspora)
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"Synopsis" by , '\'

Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and critical fashion. By paying close attention to memory politics, human rights, justice, foreign relations, land use, education, and other key social institutions and practices, this volume raises serious concerns about the depth and durability of the country’s reconstruction.

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"Synopsis" by , '\'

Scott Straus is associate professor of political science and international studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda. Lars Waldorf, senior lecturer in international human rights law at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, is coeditor of Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-Combatants.

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"Synopsis" by , '

In the mid-1990s, civil war and genocide ravaged Rwanda. Since then, the country’s new leadership has undertaken a highly ambitious effort to refashion Rwanda’s politics, economy, and society, and the country’s accomplishments have garnered widespread praise. Remaking Rwanda is the first book to examine Rwanda’s remarkable post-genocide recovery in a comprehensive and critical fashion. By paying close attention to memory politics, human rights, justice, foreign relations, land use, education, and other key social institutions and practices, this volume raises serious concerns about the depth and durability of the country’s reconstruction.

            Edited by Scott Straus and Lars Waldorf, Remaking Rwanda brings together experienced scholars and human rights professionals to offer a nuanced, historically informed picture of post-genocide Rwanda—one that reveals powerful continuities with the nation’s past and raises profound questions about its future.
 
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