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SOME KEY FEATURES OF THE CITIZENSHIP IN RURAL ABYSSINIA: THE 1970’S AND THE 2010’S [Abstract ID: 0701-05]
The presentation will be based on the confrontation of the findings gathered from two main different sources:
- a survey of the few available field research done at the end of the imperial era in rural Tigray, which deal partially or totally with the system of local level politics, and which could give an insight into these systems in the Abyssinian Highlands at that time;
- a field work made during around 10 years since the beginning of the 2000’s in a rural kebele of North Shoa, Amhara region, focusing on the relationship between the local authorities – the mengist – and the peasants. By confronting these two approaches, the presentation will try to pinpoint the evolution – both the modifications and the permanent features - of the perceptions and practices of the citizenship in rural parts of this geo-cultural area of Ethiopia over around 40 years and three regimes’ changes.