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Ethnicity across regional boundaries: migration and the politics of inequality in Ethiopia

Breines, Markus Roos (2019). Ethnicity across regional boundaries: migration and the politics of inequality in Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Early Access).

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2019.1577724
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Abstract

Increasing migration across the world has transformed the politics of identity in recent decades, which has influenced how people experience and narrate ethnicity. The rigid Ethiopian political system of ethnic federalism makes ethnicity an official and permanent component of individual identity and group belonging to ethnic-based regions. At the same time, the government has enabled increased internal migration and facilitated ethnic diversity on university campuses. In this article, I explore experiences of migration across regional boundaries among people from the Tigray region towards ethnically diverse urban centers in Ethiopia, such as Addis Ababa. This paper illustrates how an emic conceptualisation of identity can be understood as a response to state categories of ethnicity, but also argues that contextual and temporal politics generate conditions and experiences that in turn reshape those conceptualisations.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1469-9451
Keywords: Ethnicity; migration; Ethiopia; ethnic federalism; violence
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 59234
Depositing User: Markus Breines
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2019 13:28
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 10:40
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59234
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