African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 381

Full Length Research Paper

Identity, centralization and resistance in Ethiopia: The case of Nuer and Anuak

Temesgen Gebeyehu
  • Temesgen Gebeyehu
  • History, Bahitr Dar University, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 04 November 2013
  •  Accepted: 18 August 2014
  •  Published: 30 September 2014



The Anuak-Nuer resistance to centralization traced back to their incorporation in the last decade of the ninetieth century.  It was a reaction against submission, and aggravated and shaped by the new developments in Ethiopia and British-ruled Sudan. The perspectives of   local and ethnic groups and formation of local groups, identities and interests have been formed, dissolved and affected the political and social processes and changes along the Ethio-Sudanse borderlands since the 19th century. The purpose of this study is to examine center-periphery relations and the dynamics of shared identities. It also explains the key determinants of the resistance against the centralization processes on one hand and to some extent, the evolution and development of minority identity and politics in the political economy of the study area on the other. A multidisciplinary study emphasizes the anthropology, politics and history of the Nuer and Anuak in relation to the center.


Key words: Identity, resistance, centralization, Ethiopia ,Nuer and  Anuak.