Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Tracy Kidder
Though far from Panglossian, Life after Violence is a hopeful book, one that makes a strong case for what would seem an elementary notion: If you want to launch a long-term effort to improve a society, you ought to know something about it. Burundians were not consulted when Europeans claimed them and their land more than a century ago, and they haven't been consulted much since, not by their own leaders or by international experts. In this fascinating and potentially useful book, the citizens of a small, desperately impoverished country have for once been granted that fundamental human right: They have been allowed to speak their minds.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848131804
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Series: African Arguments Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Uvin is the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies and Academic Dean at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Pt. I Background

1 A Brief Political History of Burundi

2 Methodology & Location

Pt. II The View from Below

3 Peace and War as Read in Burundi

4 'If I Were in Charge Here': Burundians on Respect, Corruption and the State

5 Hard Work and Prostitution: The Capitalist Ethos in Crisis

6 'I Want to Marry a Dynamic Girl': Changing Gender Expectations in Burundi

7 Justice, Silence and Social Capital

8 Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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