Through secondary literature produced during the past twenty years on factionalism, this article focuses on the debate between ‘regional’ vs. ‘clan’ models. The author juxtaposes the contribution of anthropological studies to political science models to prevent an alternative view, casting light on the fact that very often the ‘regional’ or ‘clan’ labels conceal the complexity of relationships. The study suggests notably that a more integrated approach focusing on the varied experiences of society will add greater subtlety to the mass of studies on these issues.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.4.A-625