The Onset of Piracy
The process of meaning making does not happen overnight and how we come to understand a word has a historical context (Collins&Glover 2002). Thus, how people come to understand piracy is generally linked to the historical meaning of the word which is rooted in criminality. The issue of piracy is often homogenized and presented as solely driven by greedy criminal intent. Piracy in Somalia can be understood as the unintended consequences of external forces in Somali politics. It is predominantly reactionary to growing inequality and abuse of resources that constitutes capitalism. However, situating all “pirates” under the umbrella category of criminals deflects from the multiple reasons behind piracy.
Piracy first emerged along the Somali coast as the state began to crumble and was not tied to criminals (Samatar et al 2008). These actors were associated with the political struggles in opposition to the Somali dictatorship that the United States maintained and they can be considered as “political pirates” (Samatar et al 2008). Their aim was to weaken the regime by blocking seaborne supplies from reaching areas controlled...
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