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‘Sovereignty Entrepreneurs’ and the Production of State Power in Two Central African Borderlands

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Hollstegge, Julian ; Doevenspeck, Martin:
‘Sovereignty Entrepreneurs’ and the Production of State Power in Two Central African Borderlands.
In: Geopolitics. Vol. 22 (2017) Issue 4 . - pp. 815-836.
ISSN 1557-3028
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2017.1359160

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This article advances a subaltern geopolitics of sovereignty production at the borders of the DR Congo – the supposedly most fragile – and South Sudan – the youngest state in Africa. Moving beyond critiques of representing postcolonial statehood and sovereignty in terms of ‘lack’ and ‘failure’, we localise and ground analysis by drawing on Butler’s figure of the ‘petty sovereign’‘ to analyse the agency of border officials at the DR Congo/Rwanda and the South Sudan/Uganda border who we refer to as ‘sovereignty entrepreneurs’: officials who, tasked with managing and controlling the border, in constant face-to-face negotiations and closely linked to resource competition prescribe, set and decide on the terms and conditions of border crossing. It is argued that in the context of the DR Congo and South Sudan, where the states’ claims to territorial sovereignty face similar internal and external challenges, the border work of sovereignty entrepreneurs, characterised by the ability to tax, threaten and discipline with impunity, represents a form of sovereign power that renders the state’s capacity to act excessively visible at its borders.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professur Politische Geographie
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professur Politische Geographie > Professur Politische Geographie - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Doevenspeck
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Graduate Schools
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 06:31
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2017 10:02
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/39148