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2 - Anti-nationalist Nationalisms

The Discursive Web of Reactionary Statehood in Africa

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  25 November 2021

Josiah Brownell
Affiliation:
Pratt Institute, New York
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This chapter analyzes the rhetoric and propaganda used by both supporters and opponents of these four regimes. Arguments for and against their sovereign claims formed a distinctive discursive web that defined the unique ideological shape of these contests. The types of argument in support of their sovereign claims are grouped into three broad argument families, which thematically divide the chapter. These were: (1) arguments articulating their authentic natures and the inauthenticity of their nationalist rivals, (2) arguments trumpeting their pro-Western orientations, and finally (3) arguments about how these pseudo-states’ sovereign claims favorably compared against legal states in Africa. This chapter will provide a broad framework to categorize the varied rhetorical and symbolic contests described in more detail in the chapters that follow.

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Struggles for Self-Determination
The Denial of Reactionary Statehood in Africa
, pp. 27 - 57
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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