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The Underneath of Things Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone

by Mariane C. Ferme

The Underneath of Things Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone Synopsis

In this erudite and gracefully written ethnography, Mariane Ferme 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. The Underneath of Things 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.

The Underneath of Things Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone Press Reviews

The world is currently quite aware of Sierra Leone and its predicament, and it needs this well-informed and beautifully written account of what makes the country so wonderful despite its woes. Ferme's work is truly transcendent, capturing magnificently well some of the most important aspects of an otherwise 'difficult' ethnographic case. It is a truthful and honest piece of work, based on a deep grasp of the ethnographer's craft. - Paul Richards, author of Fighting for the Rain Forest

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520225435
Publication date: 15th August 2001
Author: Mariane C. Ferme
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 299 pages
Categories: Physical anthropology, African history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Political control & freedoms, Regional studies, Cultural studies,

About Mariane C. Ferme

Mariane C. Ferme Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Chair of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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