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Reflections from the field: a girls initiation ceremony in northern Sierra Leone
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2005 (English)In: Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 78, no 2, 431-442 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Three years after the official declaration of peace in Sierra Leone people have finally relaxed and now try to reconfigure their lives in a very visibly war-torn surrounding. In this setting, the girl’s initiation, dimusu biriye, becomes not only a ceremony of the making of women, or a social event, but an important post-war event reconfiguring social relations. Also, this event challenges the anthropologist on a more personal level regarding issues of womanhood, bodily integrity and the position as outsider.

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2005. Vol. 78, no 2, 431-442 p.
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Sierra Leone, circumcision, initiation ceremonies, war, post-war
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-75932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-75932DiVA: diva2:103843
Available from: 2006-02-22 Created: 2006-02-22 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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