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Title:Mediations of violence in Africa: fashioning new futures from contested pasts
Editors:Kapteijns, LidwienISNI
Richters, AnnemiekISNI
Year:2010
Issue:5
Pages:265
Language:English
Series:Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) (ISSN 1574-6925)
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004185364
Geographic terms:Africa
Kenya
Mozambique
Rwanda
Somalia
South Africa
Subjects:political violence
war
memory
group identity
External link:https://www.asclibrary.nl/docs/410749753-001.pdf
Abstract:This volume presents case studies of how certain individuals and groups in Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa have engaged with the meanings and consequences of the political violence that has afflicted their societies. Approaching the study of violence through the concept of mediation, the essays share four themes: memory, social suffering and healing, issues of space, scale and audience, and the performing and refashioning of identities. Lidwien Kapteijns discusses Somali poetry about the violence that accompanied the collapse of the Somali State in January 1991. The chapter by Liz Gunner focuses on Zulu song, namely the genre of 'isicathamiya', as performed by groups of young men in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal. Central to Naomi van Stapele's essay are the narratives of young men of Mathare Valley, a poor neighbourhood of Nairobi (Kenya), who were involved in the so-called 'ethnic' violence following the Kenyan presidential elections of 2007. The chapter by Victor Igreja examines testimonies of the civil war in Mozambique (1976-1992), focusing on Gorongosa, a district in Sofala Province which was one of the epicentres of the war. Annemiek Richters deals with suffering and healing in the aftermath of war and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda,focusing on a community-based sociotherapy programme introduced in Byumba in 2005. Finally, Diana Gibson investigates the memories of South African veterans of the Bush War (1975-1989) on the border between Namibia and Angola. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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