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The Underneath of Things – Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone - California Scholarship Online
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The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone

Mariane Ferme


This ethnography 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. This book 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.

Keywords: ethnography, violence, material culture, Mende, Sierra Leone, civil war, regional instability, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225428
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariane Ferme, author