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The war machines : young men and violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Author: Danny Hoffman
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2011.
Series: Cultures and practice of violence series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The War Machines, Danny Hoffman considers how young men are made available for violent labor both on the battlefields and in the diamond mines, rubber plantations, and other unregulated industries of West Africa. Based on his ethnographic research with militia groups in Sierra Leone and Liberia during those countries' recent civil wars, Hoffman traces the path of young fighters who moved from grassroots  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danny Hoffman
ISBN: 9780822350590 0822350599 9780822350774 0822350777
OCLC Number: 700406631
Description: xxii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Mano River war : a chronology --
Hunters, lumpens, and war boys : a social history of the Kamajors --
States of conflict : a social history of the Kamajors, continued --
Big men, small boys --
The barracks --
The hotel Kamajor --
The magic of war.
Series Title: Cultures and practice of violence series.
Responsibility: Danny Hoffman.

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Based on ethnographic research among militias in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Danny Hoffman considers how young men are made available for violent labor on battlefields and in dangerous unregulated  Read more...

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