No Mistaken Identity - Kinshasa's Press and the Rwandophone 'Other' (c. 1990-2005)

By Lars-Christopher Huening

Contributions by: Marie-Soleil Frere

This book creates new insights into the identity crises behind the violence surrounding the Congo wars. Using Kinshasa's press, this study historicises the identification of the Rwandophone 'other' as a constantly negotiated, politically contingent and malleable process. It establishes how the agency of political actors shaped perceptions of present conflicts by employing selective memories and mythico-historical visions of the past. This ideological mobilisation linked the Rwandophones to fearful narratives of Rwandan expansionism during the DRC's recent conflicts (c. 1990 - 2005). Lars Huening received his PhD from the Unversity of Sheffield (UK) in 2012, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Series: Studies on African History / Studien zur Afrikanischen Geschichte, Vol. 33) [Subject: African Studies, Politics, Sociology]

Publication Date: 11/27/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643906434