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Imposing the New Mozambique

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226496436.003.0004
Imposing the New Mozambique

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This chapter traces the rapid deterioration of local confidence in the new post-colonial government in Mozambique after independence in 1974. It proposes a theoretical concept of “structural violence” to describe how Machazians experienced dashed expectations and a dramatic deterioration in their living conditions during the first five years of Mozambique's independence. This chapter argues that the new government's efforts to re-engineer social and economic relations, restructure political power, and mandate cultural practices rapidly engendered deep resentment that reinforced a historically forged posture of adversarial disengagement with the central state.

Keywords: post-colonial government; Mozambique; structural violence; Machazians; living conditions; social relations; economic relations; political power; cultural practices; adversarial disengagement

Chapter.  10292 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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