Fragmented sovereignty. Property and Citizenship in Developing Societies (ProCit)

IFRO coordinator:

Christian Lund

Short description:

The research unit investigates the process of state formation and fragmentation in developing societies. We study this apparently incongruous process through a focus on local politics and the social production of property and citizenship. Conventional state theories, modeled after developed societies, see state institutions as a source of hegemony. We investigate how hegemonic struggles over the power to determine the parameters of property and citizenship create moments of sovereignty and form different institutions with state quality. It is in the creation of the political delineations of two fundamental aspects of social life: what we can have, and who we are - property and citizenship - that state quality is produced. The focus is the political, social and developmental consequences where states have limited empirical sovereignty and where states have been forced to cede ground to competing non-state forms of authority. We undertake field research in rural, peri-urban and urban contexts in Benin, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

Time frame:

01 September 2012 - 31 December 2015

Source of financing:

Det Frie Forskningsråd, Samfund og Erhverv (The Danish Council for Independent Research)


DKK 3.5 mill.