Living by the Gun in Chad: Combatants, Impunity and State Formation

Living by the Gun in Chad: Combatants, Impunity and State Formation

20th September 2017, 16:00

Location
Seminar Room 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD

How do people live in a country that has experienced rebellions and state-organized repressions for decades,  marked by routine forms of violence and impunity? Drawing on over ten years of fieldwork conducted in Chad, Marielle Debos explains how living by the gun has become both an acceptable form of political expression and an everyday occupation.

Contrary to the popular association of violence and chaos, Debos shows that these fighters continue
to observe rules, frontiers and hierarchies, even as their allegiances shift between rebel and government forces, and as they drift between Chad, Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic. Going further, she explores the role of the globalized politico-military entrepreneurs and highlights the long involvement of the French military in the country. Combining ethnographic observation with in-depth theoretical analysis, the book demonstrates that ending the war is not enough. The issue is ending the ‘interwar’ which is maintained and reproduced by state violence.

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