Postliberation Eritrea

Postliberation Eritrea

Edited by Tekle Woldemikael
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 01/01/2018
ISBN: 978-0-253-04605-5
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In 1991, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF), armed with Kalashnikov rifles and tanks, entered Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, announcing that it was liberating Eritrea from Ethiopian rule. The thirty-years' war between the Eritrean nationalist front and the Ethiopian government has been termed the long struggle (gedli). Right after winning the war, in 1991, the EPLF was on the world stage, struggling to establish a new political order in Eritrea, replacing the Ethiopian regime that had ruled from 1952 to 1991. This had included a ten-year federation (1952–1961) and thirty years of direct rule (1962–1991). This collection of open access essays is derived from the special issue of Africa Today (60 Winter 2013, <a href=""></a>) which focused on Postliberation Eritrea and the challenges of the country's strategy of nation-state formation in an era marked by global flows.The editor wishes to thank the contributors—Milena Belloni, Georgia Cole, Dan Connell, Gaim Kibreab, Mirjam van Reisen, Magnus Treiber, and Michael Woldemariam—who provided supplementary material to this edited volume in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Eritrea's liberation. Read the full text online at <a href=""></a>.

Author Bio

Tekle Mariam Woldemikael is Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Chapman University. He holds a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and BA in Economics from Haile Selassie I University. He has taught at various universities and colleges including University of Redlands, Whittier College, Hamilton College, University of Hartford, and University of Gezira in Sudan. His research interests involve studying ethnicity and nationalism, immigrants and refugees, national, ethnic, and racial identities, language, and public policy. He is coauthor of Scholars and Southern Californian Immigrants in Dialogue: New Conversations in Public Sociology with Rowman and Littlefield, and author of Becoming Black American: Haitians and American Institutions in Evanston, Illinois with AMS Press, and is being republished with Shorefront Legacy Press. He is editor of "Postliberation Eritrea," a special edited volume of the journal,Africa Today (Indiana University Press, winter 2013), from which this edited volume was created.

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Table of Contents

1 Tekle M. Woldemikael: Introduction: Postliberation Eritrea
2 Asefaw Bariagaber: Globalization, Imitation Behavior, and Refugees from Eritrea
3 Victoria Bernal: Civil Society and Cyberspace: Reflections on Dehai, Asmarino, and Awate
4 David M. Bozzini: The Catch-22 of Resistance: Jokes and the Political Imagination of Eritrean Conscripts
5 Amanda Poole: Ransoms, Remittances, and Refugees: The Gatekeeper State in Eritrea
6 Jennifer Riggan: Imagining Emigration: Debating National Duty in Eritrean Classrooms
7 Gaim Kibreab: The Nexuses between Exit, Voice, and Loyalty in the Light of the Indefinite Eritrean National Service
8 Dan Connell: Eritrean Refugees at Risk
9 Georgia Cole: The International Community's Role in Eritrea's Postliberation Phase of Exception
10 Magnus Treiber: "Eritrea" in Switzerland's 2015 Election—A Missed Chance for Dialogue between Politics, Social Work, and Refugees
11 Milena Belloni: "Why don't you move onwards?": The Influence of Transnational Ties and Kinship Obligations on Eritrean Refugees' Feeling of Being Stuck in Italy
12 Michael Woldemariam: The Making of an African "Pariah": Eritrea in the International System
13 Tekle M. Woldemikael: Conclusion: Eritrea's State of Exception and its Broken Mirror