Introduction The “Ordering of Violent Things”

in Culture in Chaos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226496412
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226496436 | DOI:
Introduction The “Ordering of Violent Things”

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This introductory chapter discusses the subject of this volume which is an ethnohistorical study of social survival and change in Mozambique, a country in which a decade of armed anticolonial struggle (1964–74) was almost immediately followed by one of Africa's longest and most brutal civil wars (1978–92). This volume examines and attempts to retheorize how we conceptualize and analyze war itself, the behavior of warscape inhabitants, and the effects of war on social and cultural processes. It investigates the role of violence in shaping war-time existence and how violence is cast as a hegemonic producer of war-time subjectivity, agency, and social processes.

Keywords: social survival; Mozambique; anticolonial struggle; civil war; war; warscape inhabitants; war-time existence; war-time subjectivity; social processes

Chapter.  16847 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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