Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War by Stephen C. LubkemannCulture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War by Stephen C. Lubkemann

Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War

byStephen C. Lubkemann

Paperback | January 1, 2008

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Fought in the wake of a decade of armed struggle against colonialism, the Mozambican civil war lasted from 1977 to 1992, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives while displacing millions more. As conflicts across the globe span decades and generations, Stephen C. Lubkemann suggests that we need a fresh perspective on war when it becomes the context for normal life rather than an exceptional event that disrupts it. Culture in Chaos calls for a new point of departure in the ethnography of war that investigates how the inhabitants of war zones live under trying new conditions and how culture and social relations are transformed as a result.

Lubkemann focuses on how Ndau social networks were fragmented by wartime displacement and the profound effect this had on gender relations. Demonstrating how wartime migration and post-conflict return were shaped by social struggles and interests that had little to do with the larger political reasons for the war, Lubkemann contests the assumption that wartime migration is always involuntary. His critical reexamination of displacement and his engagement with broader theories of agency and social change will be of interest to anthropologists, political scientists, historians, and demographers, and to anyone who works in a war zone or with refugees and migrants.
Stephen C. Lubkemann is assistant professor of anthropology and international affairs at the George Washington University and associate editor of Anthropological Quarterly.
Title:Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Text
Introduction. The “Ordering of Violent Things”: War and Displacement
Section 1. Migration and Social Transformation before the War
Chapter 1. Contending with Colonialism: Migration and Resistance
Chapter 2. Other Struggles: Migration and the Transformation of Social Relations
Section 2. The Social Conditioning of War
Chapter 3. Imposing the New Mozambique: Sowing the Seeds of Postcolonial Disillusion
Chapter 4. Society and the State: Mutual Misrecognition at the Gathering of War
Chapter 5. Prosecuting Life by Other Means: The Social Logic of Violence in a Fragmented War
Section 3. The Social Condition in War
Chapter 6. Terrains of Displacement: War-time Mobility and Immobility
Chapter 7. Tambem Aqui Fazemos Amor:Living in War
Section 4. War as a Socially Transformative Condition
Chapter 8. Postconflict Displacements: The Social Problematics of Refugee Return
Chapter 9. Transnational Contentions: The Moral Economy of Postconflict Migration
Chapter 10. Where to Be an Ancestor? The Struggle for the Postconflict Social Imagination

Editorial Reviews

"In providing a detailed analysis of the .micro-politics' of wartime social processes in Mozambique, this book also represents a new approach to the anthropology of war, which should be of interest to anyone working on violent conflict, displacement and migration."