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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 1.71

Forms and Resilience of Inter-Group Relation among the Daasanach and their Neighbors


  • Dr. Toru SAGAWA

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The Daasanach living around the border area among Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan have fought with four neighboring pastoral groups, or “enemies” (kiz). In the Daasanach language, the two words meaning armed conflict with the enemy are sulla and osu. Both words refer to the main purpose of killing the enemy and raiding their livestock. On the other hand, many Daasanach have individual amicable relations with member of kiz. While the existence of cross-cutting ties does not strongly influence the men’s decision whether they go to battle or not, those individual relations are necessary to restore peace after the armed conflict. In this presentation, I will analyze the logic and resilience of inter-group relation by focusing on the pastoralists’ explanations why the hostile and amicable relations coexist between different groups and examining how the inter-group relation worsens and restores. I will discuss that the change of inter-group relation in this area should not be analyzed as an unilateral and irreversible process but as a pendular-like dynamics of enmity and amity.