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Out of War: Violence, Trauma, and the Political Imagination in Sierra Leone

Mariane C. Ferme


Out of War is an ethnographic engagement with the nature of intercommunal violence and the material returns of history during and after the 1991–2002 Sierra Leone civil war. The questions raised concern the nature and reckoning of time and reality, fact and fiction; the experience of violence and trauma; the reversibility of perpetrator and victim, friend and enemy; and past, present, and future in the colony and postcolony. The book is a reflection on West African epistemologies and ontologies that contribute to questions in counterpoint with those of international humanitarianism, struggling ... More

Keywords: Sierra Leone, chronotopes, international humanitarianism, trauma, civil war, political institutions, hunter militias, refugees, diaspora, post-conflict transitions, anthropology, African epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294370
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariane C. Ferme, author
University of California, Berkeley