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dc.contributor.advisorPiombo, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorWieczorek, Evan M.
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:35:37Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:35:37Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56844
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the prioritization of religious identity among Central Africans in the wake of the 2013 Séléka crisis. Before the Séléka came to power, ethnicity was the identity that had the most political salience in the Central African Republic. During the crisis, religious identity was prioritized over all others. This thesis researched a number of possible causes of this identity shift, from the agendas of domestic and foreign politics to mass-level tensions and demographic changes. This thesis argues that the prioritization of religious identity over ethnic identity among Central Africans is an example of an elite-driven identity change. After being driven from power, southern political elites mobilized Christianity in response to the Séléka takeover because it was an identity the majority of southern Central Africa could rally behind.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/cartalkethnicndr1094556844
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleCAR talk: ethnic and religious identity in the Central African Republicen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSigman, Rachel
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorCentral African Republicen_US
dc.subject.authoridentityen_US
dc.subject.authorethnicityen_US
dc.subject.authorreligionen_US
dc.subject.authoridentity shiftsen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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