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A Socialist Peace?Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country$
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Mike McGovern

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226453576

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226453743.001.0001

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The Rhetoric of Counterinsurgency

The Rhetoric of Counterinsurgency

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(p.136) Five The Rhetoric of Counterinsurgency
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A Socialist Peace?
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Mike McGovern

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226453743.003.0007

This chapter begins to answer the paradox posed in the previous chapter. Here, one reads of some of the policies espoused by Touré while in office. Especially important to resolving the dilemma was Touré’s mobilization of the concept of “vigilance.” To secure his position, Touré regularly told Guineans that there were hidden enemies of the state that were clandestinely supporting Guinea’s external enemies. This rhetoric combined with the socialist mindset of most Guineans provides compelling evidence for a possible cause behind the 1991 massacre. Hence, the work begins to show the subtle effects of Touré’s rhetorical strategies on the Guinean population even after his death.

Keywords:   refugees, counterinsurgency, counterpublics, vigilance

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