Legacies of civil wars: a 14‐year study of social conflicts and well‐being outcomes in farming economies

Igreja, Victor and Colaizzi, Janna and Brekelmans, Alana (2020) Legacies of civil wars: a 14‐year study of social conflicts and well‐being outcomes in farming economies. British Journal of Sociology, 72. ISSN 0007-1315


Abstract

Community processes to address fractured social relationships and well‐being remain the least examined dimensions in studies of legacies of civil wars. This article addresses these limitations by analyzing how the wartime and postwar generations have negotiated the legacies of the civil war (1976–1992) in a farming economy region in Mozambique. Based on a 14‐year (2002–2015) study of community courts in Mozambique, we analyzed the types of social conflicts and the associations with gender, age, risk factors, self‐described health impairments, and the timing of farming activities. We identified n = 3,456 participants and found that perennial sources of disputes were related to family formation and maintenance, defamation, accusations of perpetration of serious civil wartime violations, mistrust, debts, and domestic violence. Furthermore, conflict relations were associated with gender, age, risk factors, and health problems. This study concludes that civil wars have lasting multifaceted legacies, but generational tensions, availability of community institutions, and economic resources shape social relationships and well‐being outcomes while averting revenge cycles among civilian war survivors.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 24 December 2020. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2021 04:46
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: agrarian economies, community courts, conflict relations, gender and age, normalization strategies, post-civil wars, risk factors, socio-health impairments, transitional justice
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430399 Historical studies not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440106 Medical anthropology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12802
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41192

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