Globalization and Violent Communal Conflicts: The Case of West Africa

Dr. Nicole Bousquet
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This paper investigates the variety of linkages (variables) by which globalization is likely to have played a role in the surge of communal violent conflicts in West Black Africa in the last two decades. The specific aspects of globalization considered are the debt crisis of the 1980s and the Structural Adjustment Programs (the reduction of the importance and role of the State, the liberalization of internal markets mainly), the 'international governance' institutional pressures towards democratic regime and transparent administration. As far as communal conflicts are concerned, we attempt to isolate the main cleavage underlying given conflicts: classes, incumbent/challenging political elites, ethnicity, religion, region, migrant workers/nationals. The orientation of the research is comparative and is based on secondary data gathered through a review of the literature and data banks

Keywords: Globalization, Communal Conflicts, West Africa
Stream: Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Nicole Bousquet

Professor, Sociology Department, Universit Laval

My area of teaching and of interest are social stratification and comparative globalization impact on large third world areas. Among the courses and graduates seminars I have taught are three courses on line (Webct) entitled (India China and Globalization) and Africa, Latin America and Globalization, Social Stratification and Social Classes. My past research contributions have been in World System Studies

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