Accession Number:

AD1053510

Title:

Car Talk: Ethnic And Religious Identity In The Central African Republic

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Naval Postgraduate School Monterey

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the prioritization of religious identity among Central Africans in the wake of the 2013 Slka crisis. Before the Slka 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 Slka takeover because it was an identity the majority of southern Central Africa could rally behind.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE