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Uncertain blessings

Imagining a future petro-state in Uganda

dc.contributor.authorWitte, Annika
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-10T12:38:53Z
dc.date.available2016-08-10T12:38:53Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/13544
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I argue that even though oil production in Uganda has not yet started, the oil is already relevant in its anticipation. In its “not-yet” state, the oil has gained a discursive presence in politics, media and civil society. I analyse the visions of the future that are created in this oil talk. The government paints a picture of a bright future, in which oil is a blessing to all, while civil society portrays oil as a shadow looming over Uganda. Despite this difference, I show that all the visions refer to the resource curse: Oil can either be a blessing or a curse. I understand the resource curse discourse as a form of risk communication. I propose that for people in the oil regions knowledge of the resource curse as a risk increases existing feelings of uncertainty with regard to the oil. The paper is based on 15 months of fieldwork in Uganda between 2012 and 2015.
dc.format.extent18
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherGISCA,Göttingen Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
dc.rightsopenAccess
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
dc.subjectOil; Resource Curse; Risk; Uncertainty; not-yet-ness; future; Erdöl; Ressourcenfluch; Risiko; Ungewissheit; Zukunft; Uganda
dc.subject.ddc330
dc.titleUncertain blessings
dc.title.alternativeImagining a future petro-state in Uganda
dc.typemonograph
dc.publisher.placeGöttingen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.relation.eISSN2363-894X
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume7
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGISCA occasional papers
dc.description.statuspeerReviewed
dc.intern.doi10.3249/2363-894X-gisca-7


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