Abstract/Details

The black holes of the global economy: The state, ethnic conflict, and genocide in Rwanda

Rayner, Duncan Robert. 
 Dalhousie University (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  1999. MQ49429.

Abstract (summary)

The carnage that ripped through Rwanda in 1994 stands as one of the greatest tragedies since World War II. Understanding how and why the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups have moved from peaceful coexistence to genocide is a subject that merits closer investigation than can be provided by simplistic “ancient hatreds” explanations of ethnic conflict. Dominant themes in the conflict literature all have some relevance to the Rwandan case, yet the role of elites is the crucial causal variable that has to be identified as producing the 1994 genocide of Tutsi and moderate Hutu. Those individuals tied to the Habyarimana regime were not willing to relinquish control of the state, and the wealth and power that accompany it, in the face of emerging Tutsi and Hutu opposition. Manipulating ethnic identities was the tool used by the Rwandan elites who planned the genocide to divide the population and eliminate the emergent opposition to the regime. The planned and calculated nature of the genocide reveal important clues as to who plotted the genocide and what their motivations were. Essentially, the events of 1994 in Rwanda had their roots in simple issues of politics—who gets what, when, and how—in a climate of growing economic scarcity. When the state is the primary or only source of wealth, battles among elites for its control can be expected. If more and more societies become plagued by scarcity, then the simple issues of politics may spark further strife throughout the developed and the developing world.

Indexing (details)


Subject
International law;
International relations;
African history
Classification
0616: International law
0616: International relations
0331: African history
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; BLACK; CONFLICT; ECONOMY; ETHNIC; GENOCIDE; GLOBAL; HOLES; RWANDA; STATE
Title
The black holes of the global economy: The state, ethnic conflict, and genocide in Rwanda
Author
Rayner, Duncan Robert
Number of pages
152
Degree date
1999
School code
0328
Source
MAI 38/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-612-49429-9
Advisor
Black, David
University/institution
Dalhousie University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MQ49429
ProQuest document ID
304555005
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/304555005/fulltextPDF