Chapter

Prosecuting Life by Other Means

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/9780226496436.003.0006
Prosecuting Life by Other Means

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This chapter investigates how war-time violence in the Machaze district in Mozambique was profoundly influenced by local social struggles with their own historical specificity and cast in culturally specific terms that had little to do with the contest for state power. It argues that war-time violence in Machaze was neither solely motivated by the political struggle between the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO), nor exclusively organized by these factions. This chapter concludes that Mozambique's civil conflict was a “fragmented war” in which violence was problematized by the social and cultural formations across which it was staged.

Keywords: war-time violence; Machaze district; Mozambique; social struggles; state power; RENAMO; FRELIMO; social transformation; cultural transformation

Chapter.  10537 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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