Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi

Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi

by Peter Uvin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1848131801

ISBN-13: 9781848131804

Pub. Date: 02/15/2009

Publisher: Zed Books

Burundi has recently emerged from twelve years of devastating civil war. Its economy has been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. In this book, the voices of ordinary Burundians are heard for the first time.

Farmers, artisans, traders, mothers, soldiers, and students talk about the past and the future, war and peace, their hopes for a

Overview

Burundi has recently emerged from twelve years of devastating civil war. Its economy has been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. In this book, the voices of ordinary Burundians are heard for the first time.

Farmers, artisans, traders, mothers, soldiers, and students talk about the past and the future, war and peace, their hopes for a better life and their relationships with each other and the state. Young men in particular, often seen as the cause of violence and war, talk about the difficulties of living up to standards of masculinity in an impoverished and war-torn society.

Weaving a rich tapestry, Peter Uvin pitches the ideas and aspirations of people on the ground against the theory and assumptions of international development and peace-building organizations. In doing this, he illuminates both shared goals and misunderstandings. This groundbreaking book on conflict and society in Africa will have profound repercussions for development across the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848131804
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Series:
African Arguments Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,222,207
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

List of tables viii

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

One Background

1 A brief political history of Burundi 7

2 Methodology and location 26

Two The view from below

3 Peace and war as read in Burundi 43

4 'If I were in charge here': Burundians on respect, corruption, and the state 58

5 Hard work and prostitution: the capitalist ethos in crisis 81

6 'I want to marry a dynamic girl': changing gender expectations in Burundi (with Kim Howe) 123

7 Justice, silence, and social capital (with Ann Nee) 145

8 Conclusion 171

Notes 190

Bibliography 195

Index 205

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