The reth of the Shilluk people is at the centre of a fertile and long-lasting anthropological debate on kingship and the nature of power, which extends from Frazer to Graeber. The deposition of the 34th reth, which took place amid the South Sudanese civil war, provides new and important elements. Despite the apparently outdatedness of a centuries-old institution, deeply remodelled by British colonialism, the reth has been able to relate its heritage to contemporary geopolitical events, presenting himself as a prestigious public figure and international negotiator; i.e. by resorting to a performative legitimation of its power in a context of political crisis.

Il carisma del re deposto. Reinventare il potere tradizionale nel conflitto sud-sudanese

Nicola Martellozzo
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2021

Abstract

The reth of the Shilluk people is at the centre of a fertile and long-lasting anthropological debate on kingship and the nature of power, which extends from Frazer to Graeber. The deposition of the 34th reth, which took place amid the South Sudanese civil war, provides new and important elements. Despite the apparently outdatedness of a centuries-old institution, deeply remodelled by British colonialism, the reth has been able to relate its heritage to contemporary geopolitical events, presenting himself as a prestigious public figure and international negotiator; i.e. by resorting to a performative legitimation of its power in a context of political crisis.
1/2021
85
108
https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.48272/102901
Shilluk, Reth, South Sudanese Civil War, Performance Legitimacy, Sovereignty, Sovranità, Guerra civile sud-sudanese, Legittimazione performativa, Regalità sacra
Nicola Martellozzo
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