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‘Kill all the Sorcerers’: The Interconnections between Sorcery, Violence, War and Peace in Bougainville

Forsyth, Miranda


This paper provides new insights into how violence in war structures peacetime violence by highlighting how war alters ontological positions or worldviews, such as those concerning the relevance of threat of harm through spiritual means. It presents a detailed case study of sorcery accusations and related violence before, during and after Bougainville’s decade long civil war. New empirical data are used to illustrate the mechanisms through which violence against those accused of sorcery was...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-10-30
Type: Journal article
Source: The British Journal of Criminology
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azy047


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