Purity and Exile (BOK)

Liisa H. Malkki

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This study of Hutu refugees from Burundi, driven into exile in Tanzania after their 1972 insurrection against the dominant Tutsi was brutally quashed, shows how experiences of dispossession and violence are remembered and turned into narratives, and how this process helps to construct identities such as "Hutu" and "Tutsi." Through extensive fieldwork in two refugee communities, the author finds that the refugees' current circumstances significantly influence these constructions. Those living in organized camps created an elaborate "mythico-history" of the Hutu people, which gave significance to exile, and envisioned a collective return to the homeland of Burundi. Other refugees, who had assimilated in a more urban setting, crafted identities in response to the practical circumstances of their day-to-day lives. Malkki reveals how such things as national identity, historical consciousness and the social imagination of "enemies" get constructed in the process of everyday life. The book closes with an epilogue looking at the recent violence between Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda and Burundi, showing how the movement of large refugee populations across national borders has shaped patterns of violence in the region.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 1995 Forfatter Liisa H. Malkki
Forlag
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226502724
Antall sider 374 Dimensjoner 16,6cm x 22,9cm x 2,4cm
Vekt 604 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd