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The Underneath of ThingsViolence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone$
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Mariane Ferme

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225428

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225428.001.0001

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(p.219) Conclusion
The Underneath of Things

Mariane C. Ferme

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   cultural order, Sierra Leone, cultural logic, historical events, cultural mediation, linguistic mediation, creolization

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