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Witte A. Uncertain blessings: Imagining a future petro-state in Uganda. Göttingen: Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; 2016. 18 p. (GISCA Occasional Paper; no. 7). doi:10.3249/2363-894X-gisca-7.
- Witte, Annika
- In 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.
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- Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
- Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät ; Institut für Ethnologie
- GISCA Occasional Paper