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Strategic abandon : Angolan peasantry under MPLA domination

Abstract : Angola’s colonial past has served as a symbolic lodestar for the government’s plans reimagining the future spaces of the countryside. However, a confluence of historical influences and partisan political aims has weighed heavy on the plans behind revitalizing the sector to the detriment of agricultural production and rural Angolans alike. With the agricultural sector as its backdrop, we attempt to expose how the government’s illiberal peacebuilding model has intentionally used its prolonged ‘socialist’ presence in the rural economy to stunt private economic initiatives, deprived its peripheral populations of public resources, and only significantly invested in segmented areas where resource control remained within elite channels of influence. This strategy effectively abandoned large swathes of rural communities, though the monopoly hold on the power of resource distribution was broken down with the arrival of Non-State Actors in the countryside. The entrance of this new element allowed for the strengthening of the capacity of endogenous rural agency, exemplified by the formation of Rede Terra and its national campaign to influence the latest land law. Domination through abandon has proven an effective strategy of imposing its authority where it remains the weakest, though any real attempt at economic diversification would require a more popular approach. It remains to be seen whether the government is willing to renounce its strategy of domination.
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Bradley Safarik. Strategic abandon : Angolan peasantry under MPLA domination. Political science. Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, 2000. English. ⟨tel-03220103⟩

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