Political marginalization, climate change and conflict in African Sahel states

Raleigh, Clionadh (2010) Political marginalization, climate change and conflict in African Sahel states. International Studies Review, 12 (1). pp. 69-86. ISSN 1468-2486

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Abstract

This article discusses the probability of increased communal conflict in African states due to the "political vulnerability" of groups to climate change. From an initial examination of communal conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, the risk of conflict depends largely on the size and political importance of ethnic groups. Environmental issues can be catalysts to low-level conflict in marginalized communities, but the critical factor is the extent of political and economic marginalization. Small, politically insignificant ethnic groups experience most conflicts related to environmental pressures. This framework informs a prediction of where we should expect to see high levels of politically induced vulnerability and resultant intra- and intercommunal conflicts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 09:59
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 10:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45776
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