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A Socialist Peace?

Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country

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A Socialist Peace? by Mike McGovern
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For the last twenty years, the West African nation of Guinea has exhibited all the characteristics that have correlated with civil wars in other countries, and Guineans themselves regularly talk about the inevitability of war tearing their country apart. Yet the country has narrowly avoided civil conflict again and again. In A Socialist Peace?, Mike McGovern asks how this was possible, how a nation could beat the odds and evade civil war. All six of Guinea's neighbors have experienced civil war or separatist insurgency in the past twenty years. Guinea itself has similar makings for it. It is rich in resources, yet its people are some of the poorest in the world. Its political situation is polarized by fiercely competitive ethnic groups. Weapons flow freely through its lands and across its borders. And, finally, it is still recovering from the oppressive regime of Sekou Toure. Yet it is that aspect which McGovern points to: while Toure's reign was hardly peaceful, it was successful often through highly coercive and violent measures at establishing a set of durable national dispositions, which have kept the nation at peace. Exploring the ambivalences of contemporary Guineans toward the afterlife of Tour 's reign as well as their abiding sense of socialist solidarity, McGovern sketches the paradoxes that can undergird political stability.

Author Biography

Mike McGovern is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Making War in C te d'Ivoire and Unmasking the State, both also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Release date NZ
July 7th, 2017
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Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
13 halftones, 1 table
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Pages
240
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9780226453606
Product ID
26089738

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