Navigating Terrains of War: Youth and Soldiering in Guinea-Bissau

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Berghahn Books, May 1, 2006 - Political Science - 268 pages
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Through the concept of "social navigation," this book sheds light on the mobilization of urban youth in West Africa. Social navigation offers a perspective on praxis in situations of conflict and turmoil. It provides insights into the interplay between objective structures and subjective agency, thus enabling us to make sense of the opportunistic, sometimes fatalistic and tactical ways in which young people struggle to expand the horizons of possibility in a world of conflict, turmoil and diminishing resources.

 

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Contents

MBULI THE VICTORIOUS THE MICROHISTORY OF AN AGUENTA
3
PERSPECTIVES AND POSITIONS
10
THE AGUENTAS
37
BECOMING AGUENTAS
39
WARS WITHOUT ENEMIES
64
SOCIAL NAVIGATION
87
THE SOCIAL MORATORIUM OF YOUTH
89
DUBRIAGEM AND SOCIAL NAVIGATION CONSTRUCTING SOCIALTRAJECTORIES THROUGH WAR
117
INHABITING UNSTABLE TERRAINS THE EVERYDAY OF DECLINE AND CONFLICT
143
FROM NEGRITUDE TO INEPTITUDE ON HORIZONS AND BROKEN IMAGINARIES
173
IN APPEASEMENT?
217
RECATEGORISING MEN AS CHILDREN BOTTOMUP RECONCILIATION
219
CLOSURE
234
BIBLIOGRAPHY
241
INDEX
253
Copyright

ON SHIFTING GROUND
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Henrik E. Vigh is a researcher at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims in Copenhagen. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen and has worked on issues of youth and conflict in both Europe and West Africa. He is currently researching undocumented West African migrants in Europe and the networks that they depend on, develop and are caught up in.

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