'This book addresses a critical and badly neglected issue in the politics of modern Africa, and makes a vital contribution to understanding the dynamics of conflict in the continent.'
Christopher Clapham, Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University
'An insightful and stimulating discussion of strategies associated with situations where the redistribution of resources within the neopatrimonial state and through its big men is highly dysfunctional.'
Daniel C. Bach, University of Bordeaux
'A truly refreshing, insightful and not least necessary perspective on African conflicts.'
Mats Utas, The Nordic Africa Institute
'An essential book both for scholars and analysts seeking to understand the new trajectories of conflicts in African countries, and the decisive shift away from top-down networks of authority to uncertain and often contentious centres of power.'
William Reno, Northwestern University
'Empirically rich and beautifully written, this book's account of the rise of an exclusionary autochtony discourse in Africa in the legitimization of political violence is paradigm-busting.'
Susan L. Woodward, City University of New York