Everyday ethnicities: identity and reconciliation among Rwandan youth

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Everyday ethnicities: identity and reconciliation among Rwandan youth

This paper explores the role of the “ethnic” categories “Hutu,” “Tutsi” and “Twa” in their everyday relations and relationships. Through exploring their narratives, practices and social interactions, the paper demonstrates that—despite current state policies that seek to de-emphasize “ethnic” identities—ethnicity remains salient in contemporary Rwanda. Exploring the complexities, contradictions and uncertainties of these processes of categorization, this paper investigates the relationship between “conceptual” categories and “concrete” persons in contemporary Rwanda.

  • Author
    Lyndsay McLean Hilker
  • Year of publication
    2009
  • Title of journal or book
    Journal of Genocide Research Vol 11, 2009 Issue 1
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