From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland by Harri EnglundFrom War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland by Harri Englund

From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland

byHarri Englund

Paperback | December 4, 2001

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From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi Borderland is the first full-length ethnography to tell villagers' stories from war to peace in Mozambique. Extended case studies of particular villages and families on the Mozambique-Malawi borderland form the core of the book. While tracing theirpaths to war, exile and post-war reconstruction, the book reveals the human face of national and transnational crises. This detailed study takes the reader beyond the stereotypes which often accompany interventions into humanitarian catastrophes. The villagers in this book are not nameless victims but persons with social relationships; participants, in their own way, in the histories of colonialism, nationalism, labour migration, guerrilla war, exile, repatriation and, most recently, liberal democracy.A major contribution of the book is toshow how changing historical circumstances have variously pitted villagers against one another and fostered co-operation. Questions of trust, moral value and legitimate authority inform ethnographic description, leading to an innovative critique of current analytical approaches to social capital.Those interested in humanitarian catastrophes, African politics, refugee studies and development studies will be inspired by its detailed rebuttal of stereotypes which continue to represent Africans as helpless victims.
Harri Englund is Research Fellow at the Nordic Africa Institute.
Title:From War to Peace on the Mozambique-Malawi BorderlandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 4, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748615776

ISBN - 13:9780748615773


Editorial Reviews

Englund has written an important book that examines the impact of Mozambique's civil war on communities in the Mozambique-Malawi borderlands.