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No Mistaken Identity - Kinshasa's Press and the Rwandophone 'Other' (c. 1990-2005)
With a Foreword by Prof. Marie-Soleil Frère
Reihe: Studien zur Afrikanischen Geschichte
Bd. 33, 2015, 360 S., 39.90 EUR, 39.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90643-4
This book creates new insights into the identity crises behind the violence surrounding the Congo wars. Using Kinshasa's press, this study historicises the identification of the Rwandophone `other' as a constantly negotiated, politically contingent and malleable process. It establishes how the agency of political actors shaped perceptions of present conflicts by employing selective memories and mythico-historical visions of the past. This ideological mobilisation linked the Rwandophones to fearful narratives of Rwandan expansionism during the DRC's recent conflicts (c. 1990 - 2005).
Lars Huening received his PhD from the Unversity of Sheffield (UK) in 2012, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.