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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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Introduction The “Ordering of Violent Things”

Introduction The “Ordering of Violent Things”

War and Displacement

(p.1) Introduction The “Ordering of Violent Things”
Culture in Chaos
University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses the subject of this volume which is an ethnohistorical study of social survival and change in Mozambique, a country in which a decade of armed anticolonial struggle (1964–74) was almost immediately followed by one of Africa's longest and most brutal civil wars (1978–92). This volume examines and attempts to retheorize how we conceptualize and analyze war itself, the behavior of warscape inhabitants, and the effects of war on social and cultural processes. It investigates the role of violence in shaping war-time existence and how violence is cast as a hegemonic producer of war-time subjectivity, agency, and social processes.

Keywords:   social survival, Mozambique, anticolonial struggle, civil war, war, warscape inhabitants, war-time existence, war-time subjectivity, social processes

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