Ghosts of ethnicity

From Thomas Laely, “Peasants, Local Communities, and Central Power in Burundi“:

The existence of ethnic groups has been questioned in recent years by some scholars, while others have contested or emphasised their importance, usually for political reasons. But as Jean Bazin once said, “As in the case of ghosts, the question is not to know if they exist or not, but why they appear.”

(Stay tuned for more Burundi blogging as I launch into my MA thesis on state-building in Rwanda & Burundi!)