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Creativity and Chaos

Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius C. G. M. Robben

in Fieldwork Under Fire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780520089938
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520089938.003.0007
Creativity and Chaos

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Not only chaos but also creativity accompanies war and violence. This chapter describes how the author has struggled and continues to struggle with the senselessness of the violence inflicted on the population of Mozambique by Renamo's war. The excessive violence deliberately attacks people's sense of family and community, shattering the foundations of their cultural and human existence. Anthropologists themselves, like those among whom they work, cannot remain removed from the impact of witnessing tragedy. Instead of reasoning away her bewilderment or surrendering to the inevitable distortions of reasonable narration, the author focuses on the poetics of the cultural discourse of the victims of war who create their worlds anew with the shards of their broken homes and lives.

Keywords: violence; Mozambique; Renamo's war; war victims; cultural discourse

Chapter.  11575 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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