Sovereignty in Exile

Tracing social, political, and economic changes among Sahrawi refugees, Sovereignty in Exile reveals the dynamics of a postcolonial liberation movement that has endured for decades in the deserts of North Africa while trying to bring about the revolutionary transformation of a society which identifies with a Bedouin past.

Sovereignty in Exile
A Saharan Liberation Movement Governs

Alice Wilson

2016 | 312 pages | Cloth $65.00
Anthropology / Political Science
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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Social Relations of Sovereignty

PART I. Aspirations
Chapter 1. Hindsight Visions: Tribe and State Power as Projects of Sovereignty
Chapter 2. Revolutionary Foundations: Unmaking Tribes and Making State Power

PART II. Compromises
Chapter 3. Unpopular Law: Tribal, Islamic, and State Law, and the Fall of Popular Justice
Chapter 4. Tax Evasion: Appropriation and Redistribution Without Tax or Rent
Chapter 5. Managing Inequalities: Organizing Social Stratification, or Marriage Reinvented

PART III. Dilemmas
Chapter 6. Troubling Markets: Tribes, Gender, and Ambivalent Commodification
Chapter 7. Party-less Democrats: Electing the Best Candidate or the Biggest Tribe

Conclusion. Revolution as Moral Contract

Appendix 1. Notes on Transliteration and Transcription
Appendix 2. Names of Sahrawi Tribes