The Creation of the Center

Abdullahi A. Gallab

in A Civil Society Deferred

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036885
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041827 | DOI:
The Creation of the Center

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This chapter addresses what the Sudanese sometimes call, by way of euphemism, the Center. The Center, North, South, West, and Margin were all entities created within certain imagined spaces, populated by imagined and real human communities. Each one of these spaces has carried differentiating labels—sketched in general assumptions—that vary, stockpile, and present certain demands, stigmas, and contested or uncontested self-gratifications based on a constructed self-image. Each space and the structural and social attributes of its inhabitants and their self-images were created by a host of conditions—all of which carried certain aspects of human intentions, and none of which could be impartial. Hence, the division of the Sudan according to a system ranking its population according to this or that scheme of difference was a fundamental province of colonial minds—the tri-fold experience of rejection, ambivalence, and imposition, as well as the consequence of each one of these colonial experiences.

Keywords: reorder; confinements; control; colonization; McMichael; salariat workers; cotton; white-collar arraqi; Arbara; Wad Madani; El-Obied

Chapter.  10008 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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