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Re-Imagining Rwanda

Re-Imagining Rwanda
Conflict, Survival and Disinformation in the Late Twentieth Century

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  • Author: Johan Pottier, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528733

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  • The conflict in Rwanda and the Great Lakes in 1994-1996 attracted the horrified attention of the world's media, diplomats and aid workers struggling to make sense of the bloodshed. This study shows how the post-genocide regime in Rwanda managed to impose a simple, persuasive account of Central Africa's crises upon international commentators, and explains the ideological underpinnings of this official narrative. It is a sobering analysis of how simple, persuasive, but fatally misleading analysis of the situation led to policy errors that exacerbated the original crisis.

    • Contextualises the conflict in Central Africa
    • Illustrates the interlocking of Western misconceptions regarding the conflict in Central Africa
    • Challenges the logic of international humanitarian intervention
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    "In this well-documented, thorough, well-organized, vigorously argued narrative, Pottier guides us through the complexities of these local realities within shifting national, regional, and international contexts. Essential." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528733
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Build-up to war and genocide: society and economy in Rwanda and Eastern Zaire
    2. Mind the gap: how the international press reported on society, politics and history
    3. For beginners, by beginners: knowledge construction under the Rwandese Patriotic Front
    4. Labelling refugees: international aid and the discourse of genocide
    5. Masterclass in surreal diplomacy: understanding the culture of 'political correctness'
    6. Land and social development: changes, proposals and their imagery
    7. Conclusion: representation and destiny

  • Author

    Johan Pottier, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Johan Pottier is Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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