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Conflict, Agency, and Control: The Intersection of Violence and the Body during the Mano River War

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dc.contributor.advisor Seligmann, Linda
dc.contributor.author Stewart, Julia R
dc.creator Stewart, Julia R
dc.date 2016-07-16
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-03T17:39:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-03T17:39:04Z
dc.identifier doi:10.13021/G84H5X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10778
dc.description.abstract The violence that ravaged Sierra Leone and Liberia during the recent Mano River War was characterized by the central role of the physical body in all aspects of the conflict. The body served as a site for the contestation of power and control by the perpetrators and victims of violence alike. Furthermore, the role of dead bodies during the war reflected and perpetuated the violence that was directed at the living population. The population reasserted authority over their lives and identities by reclaiming their bodies via the experience of individual and collective illnesses such as haypatensi, a localized understanding of the condition of hypertension, and nighttime sleep paralysis, known as njombo-bla attacks. An anthropological perspective into the wartime embodiment of violence sheds light on the connection between the experiences of the body during the conflict and a strikingly similar experience, or fear thereof, that occurred during the Ebola epidemic that began a decade later. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject embodiment of violence en_US
dc.subject conflict en_US
dc.subject West Africa en_US
dc.subject humanitarianism en_US
dc.subject necropolitics en_US
dc.title Conflict, Agency, and Control: The Intersection of Violence and the Body during the Mano River War en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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