3. The Struggle Continues? The Spectre of Liberation, Memory Politics and ‘War Veterans’ in Namibia

  1. Tobias Hagmann2 and
  2. Didier Péclard3
  1. Lalli Metsola PhD

Published Online: 21 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395587.ch3

Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa

Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa

How to Cite

Metsola, L. (2011) The Struggle Continues? The Spectre of Liberation, Memory Politics and ‘War Veterans’ in Namibia, in Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa (eds T. Hagmann and D. Péclard), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395587.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  2. 3

    University of Basel, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 SEP 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338683

Online ISBN: 9781444395587

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Keywords:

  • spectre of liberation, ‘War Veterans’ in Namibia;
  • politics of memory;
  • Namibian ex-combatant ‘reintegration’;
  • sense of shared history;
  • South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF);
  • Swapo ex-combatant loyalty;
  • SWATF and Koevoet;
  • PLAN combatants;
  • liberation struggle and Swapo membership;
  • xenophobic riots in South Africa

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Namibian Ex-Combatant ‘Reintegration’: The Politics of Biopolitics

  • Ex-Combatants, Swapo and the State: From Jobs to Compensation

  • The Liberation Narrative and its Underside

  • Conclusion

  • References