Soldiers at Peace: Veterans of the Civil War in Mozambique

Soldiers at Peace: Veterans of the Civil War in Mozambique

by Jessica Schafer
     
 

This is the first scholarly study of soldiers and guerrillas demobilized after the civil war in Mozambique (1979-1992). Based on extensive field-work with former combatants from both sides of the civil war in Mozambique and the communities in which they have settled, this takes a critical and empirical look at prevailing stereotypes about this extremely influential

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This is the first scholarly study of soldiers and guerrillas demobilized after the civil war in Mozambique (1979-1992). Based on extensive field-work with former combatants from both sides of the civil war in Mozambique and the communities in which they have settled, this takes a critical and empirical look at prevailing stereotypes about this extremely influential, yet poorly researched, social group in war-torn societies throughout Africa and worldwide. Jessica Schafer advances a wholesale re-evaluation of their roles and impact on post-war society. Combatants are "humanized" by examining, rather than assuming, the way war experiences shaped them both as social beings and as political actors. Schafer presents evidence of striking similarities between the social and political discourses of veterans from a wide range of war and post-war contexts, and makes a strong case for a comparative approach to studying veterans rather than the "new war" theories that have become popular in recent scholarly and media analyses.

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"This book makes a very important contribution for scholars and policy-makers concerned with the dynamics of warfare, post-conflict transitions, and governance throughout the developing world."
--Stephen Lubkemann, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, The George Washington University
"The notion of new wars, fought by drug-crazed young combatants driven by opportunist greed, has grabbed the attention of journalists, politicians and some academics. Africa, in particular, has been seen as the 'home' of such violence. Focusing on Mozambique, this book offers a much-needed antidote. It is a balanced, carefully-researched assessment of combatants in the Mozambique war, how and why they fought, and what they have contributed to the remaking of post-war society. This fine study conveys the important message that it is a fatal mistake to strip war of its social content. Its implications have wide significance and application."
--Paul Richards, author of Fighting for the Rain-Forest: War, Youth, and Resources in Sierra Leone
"Jessica Schafer explores the experience of soldiers after the long liberation struggle and civil war in Mozambique, and shows why this experience has been different. She is a brilliant fieldworker in a difficult context, and her interviews enable her to paint a vivid picture of the lives of ordinary soldiers both during the war and after. This is an excellent volume--theoretically informed, densely researched, sympathetically written, and full of comparative interest."
--William Beinart, Professor of Race Relations, and Chair, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403975034
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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