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Guerre, reconstruction de l’Etat et invention de la tradition en Afghanistan

Abstract : War, Reconstruction of the State and Invention of Tradition in Afghanistan

War since 1979 and the reconstruction of the state under Western tutelage since 2001 have led to a simplification of the identity of Afghan society, through an invention of ethnicity and tradition – a process behind which the control or the ownership of the political and economic resources of the country are at stake. Hazarajat is a remarkable observation site of this process. Its forced integration into the nascent Afghan state during the late nineteenth century has left a mark on its history. The people of Hazara, mainly Shi’ite, has been relegated to a subordinate position from which it got out of progressively, only by means of jihad against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and the US intervention in 2001, at the ost of an ethnicization of its social and political consciousness. Ethnicity, however, is based on a less communitarian than unequal moral and political economy. Post-war aid to state-building has polarized social relations, while strengthening their ethnicization: donors and NGOs remain prisoners of a cultural, if not orientalist approach to the country that they thereby contribute to “traditionalize”, while development aid destabilizes the “traditional” society by accelerating its monetization and commodification.
Mots-clés : Afghanistan identité
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Fariba Adelkhah. Guerre, reconstruction de l’Etat et invention de la tradition en Afghanistan. Les études du CERI, Centre de recherches internationales de Sciences Po (CERI), 2016, pp.1 - 35. ⟨hal-01293063⟩



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