The African Union and their challenge to become succesful

Sara Sharkira Sodhi

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper seeks to understand the failure of the African Union when their counterpart the European Union is successful. It will take the reader through two acts of terrorism, one in a European nation, and one in an African nation, thereby giving accessibility to understand two different perspectives. The theory of self-worth (Friedrichs 2016) will be used to create knowledge regarding the different responses to the acts of terrorism, showing the difference between a Dignity Culture (European Union) and an Honor Culture (African Union). Furthermore, a Post-structuralist approach will be taken, in order to understand the differences between European nations and African nations.
The paper works from a standpoint given by Friedrichs (2016), wherein African nations, and thereby also the African Union, is an Honor Culture, and the European nations, and therefore also the European Union, is a Dignity Culture. The differences between the two types of cultures, is the where self-worth comes from. In a Dignity Culture self-worth is considered to be a birthright, and therefore no one can take it away from you, whereas in an Honor Culture self-worth is given to you by others, and achieved via status, and therefore it is something that can be taken away.
Throughout the project, it was found that the African Union itself did not act vastly different than their counterpart the European Union. Rather it was shown that it is the African nations that has a tendency to not fulfil the agenda set forward by the African Union. This leads to a belief that the African Union, despite being comprised of African nations, cannot be deemed as an Honor Culture, but rather it is more fitting to call it a Face Culture, a third kind of culture, wherein self-worth is given via a group census, and therefore more likely to be stable. Knowing this, the failure of the African Union might not lie within the union itself, but rather with the nations that the African Union are built by.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2016
Antal sider15
VejledereAngela Bourne


  • African Union
  • Self-Worth
  • Honor culture
  • Face culture
  • Dignity culture
  • Failure