Magic and Warfare : Appearance and Reality in Contemporary African Conflict and Beyond (Hardcover)

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This study explores the roles played by magic in contemporary African warfare, specifically through the case of Sierra Leone, to assess its impact on behaviour in conflict. In the last two decades, rituals designed to imbue people with supernatural power and make them immune to enemy fire have been seen on post-Cold War battlefields across Africa. Wlodarczyk argues that the use of magic in warfare can be understood, not as an illustration of how Africa''s reality is qualitatively different from the West''s, but as appropriate and logical. Here, a conceptual framework is suggested for analysing culturally alien practices more broadly, to inform approaches to civilian and military intervention not only in Africa but in conflict theatres around the world.

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Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Mfg Part# 9780230621022
SKU 211281625
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0230621023
Release Date 12/8/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0188
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan

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