What if people do not move into political movements? – The case of Fulani pastoral nomads in West Africa

Paper presented at the workshop “Activism and Possibilities of Justice: Anthropological Perspectives”, organised by the Anthropology and Social Movements Network of the EASA, University of Perugia (Italy), 26th October 2013 –

This paper inquires into the consequences, for the debate on social movements, of considering the situations of depoliticised or under-represented populations, rather than those of groups already active and engaged in political and social struggles. Actually, the recent attention paid to popular uprisings in the Global South should not neglect, in a Gramscian sense, the need for a reflection on the conditions for mobilisation or non-mobilisation, and on the different stages of politicisation of subaltern groups.

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