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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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Prosecuting Life by Other Means

Prosecuting Life by Other Means

The Social Logic of Violence in a Fragmented War

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(p.161) Chapter 5 Prosecuting Life by Other Means
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Culture in Chaos
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226496436.003.0006

This chapter investigates how war-time violence in the Machaze district in Mozambique was profoundly influenced by local social struggles with their own historical specificity and cast in culturally specific terms that had little to do with the contest for state power. It argues that war-time violence in Machaze was neither solely motivated by the political struggle between the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) and the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO), nor exclusively organized by these factions. This chapter concludes that Mozambique's civil conflict was a “fragmented war” in which violence was problematized by the social and cultural formations across which it was staged.

Keywords:   war-time violence, Machaze district, Mozambique, social struggles, state power, RENAMO, FRELIMO, social transformation, cultural transformation

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