Mariane C. Ferme

in The Underneath of Things

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225428
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925717 | DOI:

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the links between a violent historical and political legacy and a cultural order of dissimulation in the Mende-speaking southeastern Sierra Leone. It presents the elements of a Mende cultural logic and emphasizes how conflicts central this cultural logic are in a mutually constitutive relationship with contingent historical events. It describes the historical processes of cultural and linguistic mediation as characterized by a local variant of creaolization which created highly unstable contours for the particular social field that might appear to be bound together.

Keywords: cultural order; Sierra Leone; cultural logic; historical events; cultural mediation; linguistic mediation; creolization

Chapter.  4305 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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