Memories of violence, cultural transformations of cannibals and indigenous state-building in post-conflict Mozambique

Igreja, Victor (2014) Memories of violence, cultural transformations of cannibals and indigenous state-building in post-conflict Mozambique. Comparative Studies in Society and History , 56 (3). pp. 774-802. ISSN 0010-4175

Abstract

This article explores how accusations of cannibalism in post-conflict Mozambique, which were leveled in the context of individually driven and protracted struggles, albeit with cultural spinoffs, have contributed to ongoing and contested forms of social transformation in the country. The accusations were accentuated by the mobilizing effects of memories of violence and interventions of the mass media, which in turn highlighted the enduring struggle over the politics of local recognition and authority and its dynamic and broader links to state-building and legitimacy in Mozambique. This analysis traces the origins of cannibal accusations in culture and politics and, through a discussion of the biographies of concrete social actors and their open and discreet struggles, has wider repercussions for the study of the role of indigenous beliefs about, and fears of, cannibals and witches on state-building in post-conflict countries.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 04:31
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 05:51
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/S0010417514000322
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28301

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