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Introduction: The Dialectics of Displacement and Emplacement
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3114-4018
University of Copenhagen.
2016 (English)In: Conflict and Society, ISSN 2164-4551, Vol. 2, no 1, 9-15 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Wars unsettle our commonsense understandings of movement and mobility. Simultaneously entropic and inertial, they conjure up images of rampant disorder and chaos as well as strained and crippled formations locked in negative tension. On the one hand, detrimental movement; on the other, deadly stalemate. Both mobility and immobility are, as such, associated with the iconography of warfare and confl icts. Th ey may be presented as out of time through pictures of empty streets, ruins, trenches, and dead bodies frozen in contorted positions, yet, conversely, some of the most archetypical images of war connote speed, fl ows, and movement, seen in images of troop advances or retreats, rows of traveling refugees, and hauls of humanitarian aid shipped or fl own into airports and harbors from afar. In temporal terms, confl ict and violence are oft en represented in the lethargy of decay or the entropy of aggression.

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Berghahn Books, 2016. Vol. 2, no 1, 9-15 p.
Keyword [en]
Displacement, Emplacement, War, Migration, Mobility
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2060DOI: 10.3167/arcs.2016.020104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2060DiVA: diva2:953644
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-12-15Bibliographically approved

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