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Title:Living by the gun in Chad: armed violence as a practical occupation
Author:Debos, MarielleISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Volume:49
Issue:3
Pages:409-428
Language:English
Geographic term:Chad
Subjects:militarism
war
livelihoods
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23018899
Abstract:This article explores men in arms' conceptions of armed violence in a country which has been prone to a violent cycle of rebellion and repression. Based on ethnographic research in Chad, it analyses combatants' life trajectories in an unstable political environment and a militarized economy. It moves beyond rebellion towards an analysis of the most mundane patterns of the activities conducted by men in arms, to understand what is at stake beyond times and spaces of war. It argues that armed violence is an ordinary way of expressing contestation, as well as a practical occupation or 'métier', a French word that indicates a non-institutionalized profession. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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