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Title:From 'people's struggle' to 'this war of today': entanglements of peace and conflict in Guinea-Bissau
Author:Temudo, Marina PadrãoISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:78
Issue:2
Pages:245-263
Language:English
Geographic term:Guinea-Bissau
Subjects:political conflicts
ethnicity
political history
External links:https://doi.org/10.3366/E0001972008000156
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v078/78.2.temudo.pdf
Abstract:This article aims at contributing to the understanding of violence and warfare in contemporary West Africa by adopting a bifocal analysis that looks both at power struggles within the urban elite and at the grassroots multiethnic setting in southern Guinea-Bissau. It pays close attention to the social dynamics of rural peoples' perspectives, coping strategies and interethnic conflicts. Local conflicts are elucidated as an ongoing process that traverses times of war and peace. Although they are subject to manipulation by urban actors, local conflicts are also a matter of continuous negotiation and partial consensus at the grassroots. In stark contrast to this, the struggles in the ruling group are characterized by an escalating spiral of factionalism, diminishing compromises and elimination of rivals. By analysing the relationship between urban and rural actors and the role of cosmology, the article also aims to shed new light on the multiple shapes patron-client relations can assume in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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