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A socialist peace? : explaining the absence of war in an African country

Author: Mike McGovern
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the last twenty years, the West African nation of Guinea has exhibited all the characteristics that have correlated with civil wars in other countries, and Guineans themselves regularly talk about the inevitability of war tearing their country apart. Yet the country has narrowly avoided civil conflict again and again. Mike McGovern asks how this was possible, how a nation could beat the odds and evade civil war.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McGovern, Mike.
Socialist peace?
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016049358
(OCoLC)958780854
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mike McGovern
ISBN: 9780226453743 022645374X
OCLC Number: 987910767
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Machine generated contents note: One. Explaining the Absence of War --
A? --
Socialist? --
Peace? --
Orientations toward the Future --
Temporality and the Legacies of Socialism in Africa --
Counterfactual Arguments and Anthropology's Advantages --
Choosing War --
Chapters --
pt. 1 Resentment --
Two. "Those Who Eat Monkey Will Never Rule over Us" --
Setting --
Interplay of Stereotypes --
Troubled Succession, 1984 --
Religion and Politics in West Africa, 1800 --
1958 --
Ethnic Calculus, 1950 --
90 --
Disgust and Political Exclusion --
From Autochthony to Culture --
"It's Our Turn" --
Conclusion --
Interlude: Palm Wine and Ethnic Cleansing --
Three. Articulating Betrayal --
Case Study: N'Zerekore, 1991 --
Secrecy, Trust, and Betrayal --
Narratives of Betrayal --
From Words to Acts --
Conclusion --
pt. II WAR AVERTED? --
Four. Exceptional Case: The Killings in Nuvanuita --
Case Study: "Nuvanuita," October 2000 --
Socialist State Practices and Their Legacies --
Macenta as Microcosm --
Conclusion --
pt. III AFTERLIVES --
Interlude: "I'm not putting my life on the line ..." --
Five. Rhetoric of Counterinsurgency --
Case Study: The Antirefugee Attacks of September 2000 --
Postsocialist Publics and Counterpublics --
Toure Legacy: Semantic, Rhetorical, and Organizational --
Six. Symbolic Death of Sekou Toure --
General Strikes of 2006 --
7 --
Death of the Father: The Afterlife of a Socialist Regime --
Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Trade Unionism in Guinea --
Two Bodies of the King and the Timing of the Strikes --
Conclusion --
Interlude: Ga li? --
Seven. Cinquantenaire and the Dadis Show --
Annual Ceremony, 2008 --
Following the Money --
"La Verite Finira Toujours par Triompher un Jour" --
Musical Interlude --
Dadis Show --
September Massacre and the Resurgence of Disgust --
Conclusion --
Eight. Conclusion --
Current State of Play --
On Sacrifice and Suffering.
Responsibility: Mike McGovern.
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For the last twenty years, the West African nation of Guinea has exhibited all the characteristics that have correlated with civil wars in other countries, and Guineans themselves regularly talk about the inevitability of war tearing their country apart. Yet the country has narrowly avoided civil conflict again and again. Mike McGovern asks how this was possible, how a nation could beat the odds and evade civil war. All six of Guinea's neighbors have experienced civil war or separatist insurgency in the past twenty years. Guinea itself has similar makings for it. It is rich in resources, yet its people are some of the poorest in the world. Its political situation is polarized by fiercely competitive ethnic groups. Weapons flow freely through its lands and across its borders. And, finally, it is still recovering from the oppressive regime of Sekou Toure. Yet it is that aspect which McGovern points to: while Toure's reign was hardly peaceful, it was successful often through highly coercive and violent measures at establishing a set of durable national dispositions, which have kept the nation at peace. Exploring the ambivalences of contemporary Guineans toward the afterlife of Tour 's reign as well as their abiding sense of socialist solidarity, McGovern sketches the paradoxes that can undergird political stability.

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