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Understanding State Fragility through the Actor-Network Theory: A Case Study of Post-Colonial Sudan
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite the broad discourse on fragile states and the threat they pose to the contemporary world order, the literature on the subject does to a large extent ignore the material factors behind the causes of state fragility. Scholars and organizations in the field have almost exclusively adopted the Social Contract Theory (SCT) in order to explain state fragility as a problem caused by social factors. This study broadens the discourse by applying SCT as well as the Actor-Network Theory (ANT) on the case study of Sudan, in order to do a deductive theory testing of the added value of each theory. The results of this study show that while the Social Contract Theory does explain many factors behind state fragility, the application of the Actor-Network Theory adds to this by also incorporating the networks between the social and material determinants in societies. This research contributes to the debate on fragile states by adding to the scarce research on the materiality of fragility through the use of the Actor-Network Theory. The positive results of this thesis encourage future use of this theory in the field as it has the potential to give new insights in how to deal with fragile states. 

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2016. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
fragile states, Actor-Network Theory, Social Contract Theory, infrastructure of rule
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57787OAI: diva2:1044570
Subject / course
Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
2016-08-25, K3040, Linnéuniversitetet, P G Vejdes väg, 351 95 Växjö, Växjö, 21:33 (English)
Available from: 2016-11-07 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-07Bibliographically approved

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