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Dealing With Local Minorities: The Persistence Of Discriminatory Practices Under Ethnic Federalism

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This chapter analyzes the internal contestations within Sidama and Wolayta by delving into the social and political conditions of marginalised groups, including the stigmatised artisans, former slaves, and women, under the order of ethnic federalism. It shows that both the Sidama and Wolayta have a hierarchical clan system and a stratification of society between free commoners and artisans. One of the immediate reasons for creation of the SHPDO was concern about the allegedly derogatory portrayal of the hadicho in an educational book about Sidama culture. In both communities, a woman who marries outside her clan or nationality will have to take her husband's clan or national identity. The increased importance of proper clan marriages may also have an impact on the practice of obtaining brides through abduction. This chapter also argues that in the Ethiopian context it is not actors within the ethnic groups alone who have revived discriminatory practices.

Keywords: clan marriages; discriminatory practices; ethnic federalism; hierarchical clan system; Sidama; Wolayta



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