This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the links between a violent historical and political legacy and a cultural order of dissimulation in the Mende-speaking southeastern Sierra Leone. It presents the elements of a Mende cultural logic and emphasizes how conflicts central this cultural logic are in a mutually constitutive relationship with contingent historical events. It describes the historical processes of cultural and linguistic mediation as characterized by a local variant of creaolization which created highly unstable contours for the particular social field that might appear to be bound together.
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