A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Deelley Poetry Debate (1979–1980)
Somali Oral Poetry is the first critical discourse analysis of the connection between oral poetry and politics in Somalia. The book brings out contradictions and conflicts between the ways of thinking of a society structured in clans and a rightful claim for nationhood and the state of law. In addition, it highlights the difficulty the society finds in renouncing clan mentality that requires loyalty to the clan rather than to the State.
The present volume illuminates, through the critical analysis of the Deelley poetry debate, the circumstances and issues that preceded the civil war in Somalia. Therefore, the book is of particular interest for its original explanation and understanding of the extraordinary subsequent failure of the State in Somalia.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Ahad, Ali Mumin, author.
Somali oral poetry and the failed she-camel nation state: a critical discourse analysis of the Deelley poetry debate (1979–1980) / Ali Mumin Ahad. pages cm. — (Society and politics in Africa; vol. 24)
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Political poetry, Somali—History and criticism. 2. Failed states—Somalia.
3. Clans—Political aspects—Somalia. 4. Somalia—Politics and government.
I. Title. II. Series: Society and politics in Africa; v. 24.
PJ2533.5A37 893.5410093581—dc23 2013046478
ISBN 978-1-4331-2515-7 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4539-1297-3 (e-book)
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