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Purity and Exile Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania

ISBN-10: 0226502724
ISBN-13: 9780226502724
Edition: N/A
Authors: Liisa H. Malkki
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

In this study of Hutu refugees from Burundi, driven into exile in Tanzania after their 1972 insurrection against the dominant Tutsi was brutally quashed, Liisa Malkki shows how experiences of dispossession and violence are remembered and turned into narratives, and how this process helps to construct identities such as "Hutu" and "Tutsi." Through extensive fieldwork in two refugee communities, Malkki finds that the refugees' current circumstances significantly influence these constructions. Those living in organized camps created an elaborate "mythico-history" of the Hutu people, which gave significance to exile, and envisioned a collective return to the homeland of Burundi. Other refugees, who had assimilated in a more urban setting, crafted identities in response to the practical circumstances of their day to day lives. Malkki reveals how such things as national identity, historical consciousness, and the social imagination of "enemies" get constructed in the process of everyday life. The book closes with an epilogue looking at the recent violence between Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda and Burundi, and showing how the movement of large refugee populations across national borders has shaped patterns of violence in the region.

List of Narrative Panels
Acknowledgments Maps
Introduction: An Ethnography of Displacement in the National Order of Things
Historical Contexts, Social Locations: A Road Map
The Mythico-History
The Uses of History in the Refugee Camp: Living the Present in Historical Terms
Town Refugees: A Pragmatics of Identity
The Danger of Assimilation and the Purity of Exile
Consciousness and Liminality in the Cosmological Order of Nations Postscript: Return to Genocide
Notes
References
Index

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