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Magic and warfare : appearance and reality in contemporary African conflict and beyond

Author: Nathalie Wlodarczyk
Publisher: New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This study explores roles played by magic in contemporary African warfare, specifically through the case of Sierra Leone, to assess its impact on behavior in conflict. In the last two decades, rituals designed to imbue people with supernatural power and make them immune to enemy fire have been seen on post-Cold War battlefields across Africa. Wlodarczyk argues that the use of magic in warfare can be understood, not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nathalie Wlodarczyk
ISBN: 9780230621022 0230621023
OCLC Number: 318100478
Description: xvi, 188 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: "Magic" in contemporary Africa --
Spirits in battle --
Thinking about practice in warfare --
Notes on the case study --
The Sierra Leone Civil War and civil defence --
Spiritual context as habitus and capital --
Creating magic soldiers : Kamajor mobilisation and initiation --
The Kamajors in battle : magic, tactics, and success --
Local practice and the wider world of warfare.
Responsibility: Nathalie Wlodarczyk.
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This study explores the roles played by magic in contemporary African warfare, specifically through the case of Sierra Leone, to assess its impact on behaviour in conflict. A conceptual framework is  Read more...

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