Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (Asian Arguments)

Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (Asian Arguments)

By: Peter Uvin (author)Paperback

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Burundi has recently emerged from twelve years of devastating civil war. Its economy has been destroyed and hundreds and thousands of people have been killed. In this book, the voices of ordinary Burundians are heard for the first time. Farmers, artisans, traders, mothers, soldiers and students talk about the past and the future, war and peace, their hopes for a better life and their relationships with each other and the state. Young men, in particular, often seen as the cause of violence and war, talk about the difficulties of living up to standards of masculinity in an impoverished and war-torn society. Weaving a rich tapestry, Peter Uvin pitches the ideas and aspirations of people on the ground against the theory and assumptions often made by the international development and peace-building agencies and organisations. In doing this, he illuminates both shared goals and misunderstandings. This groundbreaking book on conflict and society in Africa will have profound repercussions for development across the world.

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Peter Uvin is the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies and Academic Dean at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. In recent years, his research and practice has dealt with the intersection between development aid, human rights, and conflict, mostly in the African Great Lakes region. His previous books include Human Rights and Development (2004) and Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda (1989) which received the African Studies Association's Herskowits award for the most outstanding book on Africa in 1998. He spends a large amount of his time working for various agencies in the Great Lakes region.


* Foreword* Introduction* Part I: Background*1. A Brief Political History of Burundi*2. Methodology & Location* Part II: The View from Below*3. Peace and War as Read in Burundi*4. 'If I Were in Charge Here': Burundians on Respect, Corruption and the State*5. Hard Work and Prostitution: The Capitalist Ethos in Crisis*6. 'I Want to Marry a Dynamic Girl': Changing Gender Expectations in Burundi*7. Justice, Silence and Social Capital*8. Conclusion* Notes* Bibliography* Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/12/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781848131804
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781848131804
  • weight: 249
  • ISBN10: 1848131801

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