Local actors and institutions of conflict resolution: the case of the Bambadinca Sector (Eastern Guinea-Bissau)

Researcher:

Fodé Abulai Mané

Research Area:

A


This PhD project is conducted within the framework of a collaborative research project denominated “Local Strategies of Conflict Management in Guinea-Bissau”, carried out in cooperation between INEP (Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa, Guinea-Bissau) and Bayreuth University and funded by Volkswagen Foundation.


 My research has evolved on the basis of combined qualitative and quantitative methods of fieldwork. Countless interrogations where raised, particularly with regard to the data collected at the Sector’s district court. In the field of study there is evidence of a veritable legal pluralism legal pluralis, as considered in various theoretical perspectives. Furthermore, when compared to other regions of the country, noticeably few conflicts are brought before the district court in Bambadinca, even though the Mandinga as the area’s main ethnic group co-habit with other ethnic groups, particularly the Balanta, Fulbe and Beafada. Furthermore, when compared to other regions of the country, noticeably few conflicts are brought before the district court in Bambadinca, even though the Mandinga as the area’s main ethnic group co-habit with other ethnic groups, particularly the Balanta, Fulbe and Beafada.


Recent fieldwork revealed that conflict prevention is a crucial factor, and both history and social structure play an important role in the resolution of legal disputes. The existing good social relations are also enhanced by the Mandinga’s internal forms of self-regulation, relating to cousin relations (sanakouya).In addition, an ethnolinguistic analysis shall provide for a better understanding of the Mandinga’s general juridical thinking.