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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.
|Publication date:||15th August 2001|
|Author:||Mariane C. Ferme|
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Physical anthropology, African history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Political control & freedoms, Regional studies, Cultural studies,|
Mariane C. Ferme Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Chair of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.More About Mariane C. Ferme