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A Different Kind of War Story
"A Different Kind of War Story" takes us to the frontlines of one of the most brutal wars in recent history. The setting is Mozambique during the fifteen-year war of terror that took a million lives mostly civilian and completely destroyed homes, crops, hospitals, schools, and even access to water. The characters are the soldiers who fought it, the thieves and opportunists ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 14th 1997 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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While I found the way Nordstrom wove political theory into her ethnography to be quite artful and was fascinated by much of it, she doesn't necessarily give one the most holistic or nuanced representation of the war in Mozambique. To some extent she acknowledged this. I enjoyed her exploration of the different mechanisms Mozambicans employed to resist violence in peaceful ways and how their view of violence differed from the underpinnings of Western culture and philosophy. I would recommend pair ...more
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“Theory has all too often been a zoo in which we cage the wild beasts of violence that inhabit our worlds. We then gaze at these beasts from a safe distance, we contemplate them, we theorize how they would act in their own environments - and we never go to those environments where the beasts roam freely to actually check our theories. To do so would be disastrous. It would point out the absurdity of our analyses and the illusion of safety so carefully crafted.”More quotes…