The Underneath of Things : Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone

The Underneath of Things : Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone

Description

In this erudite and gracefully written ethnography, Mariane Ferme explores the links between a violent historical and political legacy, and the production of secrecy in everyday material culture. The focus is on Mende-speaking southeastern Sierra Leone and the surrounding region. Since 1990, this area has been ravaged by a civil war that produced population displacements and regional instability. The Underneath of Things documents the rural impact of the progressive collapse of the Sierra Leonean state in the past several decades, and seeks to understand how an even earlier history is reinscribed in the present.

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Details

Author(s)
Mariane C. Ferme
Format
Paperback | 299 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 23mm | 454g
Publication date
14 Sep 2001
Publisher
University of California Press
Publication City/Country
Berkerley, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
6 b-w photos, 3 line figures
ISBN10
0520225430
ISBN13
9780520225435
Bestsellers rank
1,662,369