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Constructing War in West Africa (And Beyond)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters Group)
2018 (English)In: Comparative Strategy, ISSN 0149-5933, E-ISSN 1521-0448, Vol. 37, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the variation of the conduct of war in three Mano River countries in West Africa – Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A theoretical framework that views war as an institution is provided to explain this variation. While an existing idea in social sciences, to date it has largely been used to understand historical case. This article extends its scope to encompass non-state actors and the modern era through an account of how war was constructed in the Mano River region. The idea of war as an institution highlights the value of cultural sociological investigations of war. As institutions structure action, the framework offered carries immediate consequences for strategic thought.

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2018. Vol. 37, no 5
Keywords [en]
Cultural sociology of war, institutions, strategy, war, West Africa
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-348811OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-348811DiVA, id: diva2:1198469
Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-17 Last updated: 2018-04-17

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