Culture in Chaos An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War

ISBN-10: 0226496422
ISBN-13: 9780226496429
Edition: 2008
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Description: Fought in the wake of a decade of armed struggle against colonialism, the Mozambican civil war lasted from 1977 to 1992, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives while displacing millions more. As conflicts across the globe span decades and  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Fought in the wake of a decade of armed struggle against colonialism, the Mozambican civil war lasted from 1977 to 1992, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives while displacing millions more. As conflicts across the globe span decades and generations, Stephen C. Lubkemann suggests that we need a fresh perspective on war when it becomes the context for normal life rather than an exceptional event that disrupts it.Culture in Chaoscalls for a new point of departure in the ethnography of war that investigates how the inhabitants of war zones live under trying new conditions and how culture and social relations are transformed as a result. Lubkemann focuses on how Ndau social networks were fragmented by wartime displacement and the profound effect this had on gender relations. Demonstrating how wartime migration and post-conflict return were shaped by social struggles and interests that had little to do with the larger political reasons for the war, Lubkemann contests the assumption that wartime migration is always involuntary. His critical reexamination of displacement and his engagement with broader theories of agency and social change will be of interest to anthropologists, political scientists, historians, and demographers, and to anyone who works in a war zone or with refugees and migrants.

Acknowledgments
Notes on the Text
Introduction. The "Ordering of Violent Things": War and Displacement
Migration and Social Transformation before the War
Contending with Colonialism: Migration and Resistance
Other Struggles: Migration and the Transformation of Social Relations
The Social Conditioning of War
Imposing the New Mozambique: Sowing the Seeds of Postcolonial Disillusion
Society and the State: Mutual Misrecognition at the Gathering of War
Prosecuting Life by Other Means: The Social Logic of Violence in a Fragmented War
The Social Condition in War
Terrains of Displacement: War-time Mobility and Immobility
Tambem Aqui Fazemos Amor: Living in War
War as a Socially Transformative Condition
Postconflict Displacements: The Social Problematics of Refugee Return
Transnational Contentions: The Moral Economy of Postconflict Migration
Where to Be an Ancestor? The Struggle for the Postconflict Social Imagination
Notes
References
Index

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