From autochthony to violence? Discursive and coercive social practices of the Mai-Mai in Fizi, eastern DR Congo

Verweijen, Judith (2015) From autochthony to violence? Discursive and coercive social practices of the Mai-Mai in Fizi, eastern DR Congo. African Studies Review, 58 (2). pp. 157-180. ISSN 0002-0206

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Abstract

This article explores the links between autochthony discourses and physical violence through a case study of a Mai-Mai group in the eastern DR Congo. While this group garners support by employing such discourses and related tropes of autodéfense (self-defense), there are clear limits to the capacity of these narratives to mobilize for and legitimize violent action. Furthermore, much of the violence committed by the Mai-Mai is not informed directly by notions of autochthony, but is rather geared toward the consolidation of power. This observation should act as a caution against the a priori coding of violence according to the ways it is discursively framed by its protagonists.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Judith Verweijen
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 09:15
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79044

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