War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone

K. Peters

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War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone addresses the currently incomplete understanding of the conflict in Sierra Leone by focusing on the direct experiences and interpretations of protagonists. The data presented challenges the widely canvassed notion of this conflict as a war motivated by "greed, not grievance," pointing instead to a rural crisis expressed in terms of unresolved tensions between landowners and marginalized rural youth, further reinforced and triggered by a collapsing patrimonial state.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages292
ISBN (Print)9781107004191
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameInternational African library
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN (Print)0951-1377


  • children
  • war
  • youth
  • rural development
  • history
  • sociology
  • living conditions
  • rural areas
  • conflict
  • sierra leone
  • west africa
  • least developed countries
  • land ownership

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    Peters, K. (2011). War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone. (International African library; No. 41). Cambridge University Press.