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Culture in ChaosAn Anthropology of the Social Condition in War$
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Stephen C. Lubkemann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226496412

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226496436.001.0001

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Imposing the New Mozambique

Imposing the New Mozambique

Sowing the Seeds of Postcolonial Disillusion

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Culture in Chaos
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226496436.003.0004

This chapter traces the rapid deterioration of local confidence in the new post-colonial government in Mozambique after independence in 1974. It proposes a theoretical concept of “structural violence” to describe how Machazians experienced dashed expectations and a dramatic deterioration in their living conditions during the first five years of Mozambique's independence. This chapter argues that the new government's efforts to re-engineer social and economic relations, restructure political power, and mandate cultural practices rapidly engendered deep resentment that reinforced a historically forged posture of adversarial disengagement with the central state.

Keywords:   post-colonial government, Mozambique, structural violence, Machazians, living conditions, social relations, economic relations, political power, cultural practices, adversarial disengagement

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