This book sets out to do more than simply present and discuss the experience of Mozambican civilians in the context of chronic conflict and forced migration; it aims to show readers that while individuals, families and groups are obliged to negotiate and navigate survival paths through violent conflict, their aspirations and activity go well beyond this. Lubkemann is frustrated by previous writers’ willingness to assume that escaping from violence and in a limited way preserving social relations and institutions is an adequate rendering of the activity and engagement of civilians caught up in ‘warscapes’.

Enquiry into the socio-cultural dimensions of peoples’ engagement with conflict and forced migration is still relatively rare in the literature. This book shows why and how they should become an integral part of any analysis. Far from being a...

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