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Rumour and Power in Togo

Stephen Ellis
Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Vol. 63, No. 4 (1993), pp. 462-476
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1161002
Page Count: 15
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Rumour and Power in Togo
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Abstract

The article describes some of the main political events which took place in Togo in mid to late 1991, at a time when the power of President Gnassingbé Eyadéma was facing more serious opposition than at any time since his assumption of the presidency twenty-four years earlier, and examines how these events were represented in popular discussion in Lomé. By analysing some aspects of the power struggle in that period, and popular perceptions of them, the article aims to shed light on the cultural mechanisms by which Eyadèma sustained himself in power and through which his power could be contested./L'article décrit quelques uns des évènements politiques principaux qui ont eu lieu au Togo dans la deuxième moitié de 1991, à l'époque où le pouvoir du Président Gnassingbé Eyadéma faisait face à une opposition plus sérieuse qu'à aucun moment depuis sa prétention à la présidence vingt-quatre années plus tôt, et examine comment ces évènements ont été représentés lors d'une discussion populaire à Lomé. En analysant certains aspects de la lutte au pouvoir pendant cette période et les perceptions populaires à ce sujet, l'article à pour but d'éclaircir les mécanismes culturels par lesquels Eyadéma a pu se maintaindre au pouvoir et par lesquels son pouvoir pourrait être contesté.

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