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The MODEL social structure of an armed group: from Liberian refugees to heroes of Cote d'Ivoire and liberators of the homeland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Yale Univ, Dept Anthropol, New Haven, CT 06520 USA.
2018 (English)In: Small Wars & Insurgencies, ISSN 0959-2318, E-ISSN 1743-9558, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 776-800Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) through a revised Weberian framework that focuses on legitimacy and offers a thick description of the different phases of this armed group. The article argues that the key to fostering cohesion is the harmonization of the micro, meso, and macro levels. This proved a difficult undertaking for the MODEL. Not only did the MODEL lack material resources but it also relied on different and evolving kinds of legitimacy on these levels. With its sources of legitimacy exhausted after the war, the MODEL ceased to exist.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2018. Vol. 29, no 4, p. 776-800
Keywords [en]
Cohesion, Cote d'Ivoire, cultural sociology of war, insurgency, legitimacy, Liberia, militia, MODEL, social structure, strategy
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-362862DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2018.1488417ISI: 000441670300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-362862DiVA, id: diva2:1255001
Available from: 2018-10-11 Created: 2018-10-11 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved

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