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Hunting the Ethical State The Benkadi Movement of Cote D'Ivoire

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ISBN-10: 0226326543

ISBN-13: 9780226326542

Edition: 2011

Authors: Joseph Hellweg

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In the 1990s a nationwide crime wave overtook Cote d'Ivoire. The Ivoirian police failed to control the situation, so a group of poor, politically marginalized, and mostly Muslim men took on the role of the people's protectors as part of a movement they called Benkadi. These men weredozoshunters skilled in ritual sacrificeand they applied their hunting and occult expertise, along with the ethical principles implicit in both forms of knowledge, to the tracking and capturing of thieves. Meanwhile, as Benkadi emerged, so too did the ethnic, regional, and religious divisions that would culminate in Cote d'Ivoire's 200207 rebellion. Hunting the Ethical Statereveals how dozos worked beyond these…    
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Note on Names, Tense, and Orthography
Mestizo Dozos: Sacrifice, Shape-Shifting, and the State
Criminal Instability: History, Identity, and Mimesis in a State of Exception
Dozos at Home and on the Hunt
Sacrificing for Security
Disappearance as Power: Islam and the Secret History of Manimory
Organizing Benkadi
Stalking Crime
The Power in the Nightjar's Call: Dozo Performance as Social Drama
Conclusion: From Civic Duty to Civil Unrest