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  • 1.
    Adolfo, Eldridge Vigil
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Nyström, Daniel
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Electoral Violence in Africa2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the time period 2012–2013, over 20 national elections and two constitutional referendums are scheduled in Africa. In several of these elections, violence is anticipated to play a prominent role. There is great urgency to support the establishment of effective and legitimate electoral institutions and electoral frameworks; institute reforms aimed at lowering the stakes of elections; encourage the devolution of powers; improve the socio-economic standing of the populace; and devise strategies to prevent and manage electoral violence.

  • 2.
    Arnfred, Signe
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Cheru, Fantu
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Hammar, Amanda
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Havnevik, Kjell
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Kamete, Amin Y.
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Lindell, Ilda
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Myhre, Knut Christian
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Ngangjoh Hodu, Yenkong
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Obi, Cyril I.
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Oinas, Elina
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Palmberg, Mai
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Thorsen, Dorte
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Re-thinking Africa: A Contribution to the Swedish Government White Paper on Africa2007Report (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Bjarnesen, Jesper
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.
    Utas, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Introduction Urban kinship: the micro-politics of proximity andrelatedness in African cities2018In: Africa, ISSN 0001-9720, Vol. 88, no S1, p. S1-S11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    African cities have long been perceived as emblematic of the vibrancy and contradictions that characterize public spheres in an African context – from breathtaking monuments of wealth and oppression to overwhelming destitution and despair; from vibrant market places and artistic expression to dilapidated infrastructures and rampant criminality. Through depictions of the hectic pace of different forms of movement – from the inner-city traffic that seems to be buzzing even in the midst of a complete standstill to public protests and food riots – African cities become lenses through which social and political life is assessed and synthesized; a canvas on which national politics and global inequalities are laid bare, for all to see. Indeed, the visual has long been the preferred prism for documenting and evoking the dynamism and decay of urban Africa. Many of these dualities hold some truths but have also contained the enduring simplifications of prejudice and exoticization. The ‘urban jungle’ is easily seen as the continent’s true Heart of Darkness; a pre-conceptualized dystopia (Robinson 2010); a micro-cosmos of the most frightening and fascinating facets of primitive humanity. This special issue challenges such simplifications by emphasizing everyday sociality, and by giving priority to the narratives and practices of urban residents themselves.

  • 4.
    Bjarnesen, Jesper
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit.
    Utas, MatsUppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Historisk-filosofiska fakulteten, Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi.
    Urban Kinship: special issue of the journal Africa2018Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Bøås, Morten
    et al.
    Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) Oslo, Norway.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Introduction: Post-Gaddafi repercussions in the Sahel and West Africa2013In: Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 3-15Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Bøås, Morten
    et al.
    Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) Oslo, Norway.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Thematic Focus on Francophone Central and West Africa2013In: The Strategic Review for Southern Africa, ISSN 1013-1108, Vol. 35, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Bøås, Morten
    et al.
    Fafo, Oslo, Norway.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Tuaregian kapina2013In: Ulkopolitiikka, no 2, p. 56-59Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Christiansen, Catrine
    et al.
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Vigh, Henrik
    Youth(e)scapes: introduction2006In: Navigating youth - generating adulthood: social becoming in an African context / [ed] Christiansen C, Utas M, Vigh H, Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2006Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 9.
    Eriksson, Mikael
    et al.
    Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut.
    Lindberg, EmyThe Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.Utas, MatsThe Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Illicit Flows and African Security2014Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 10. Jörgel, Magnus
    et al.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Mano river basin area: formal and informal security providers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone2007Book (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics. The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Abject heroes: marginalised youth, modernity and violent pathways of the Liberian Civil War2008In: Years of Conflict: Adolescence, Political Violence and Displacement / [ed] Jason Hart, Oxford: Berghahn Books , 2008, p. 111-138Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 12.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    African conflicts and Informal Power: Big Men and Networks2012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Through a variety of indepth case studies – from DRC to Somalia to Liberia amongst others – this book shows how important informal political and economic networks are in many of the continent’s  conflict areas.

  • 13.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Agency of Victims: young women's survival strategies in the Liberian Civil War2005In: Makers and Breakers: Children and Youth as Emerging Categories in Postcolonial Africa / [ed] Alcinda Honwana and Filip de Boeck, Oxford: James Currey , 2005Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Assiduous exile: strategies of work and integration among Liberian refugees in Danane, Ivory Coast2004In: Liberian Studies Journal, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 33-58Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Book review of: Christine Ryan, Children of war: child soldiers as victims and participants in the Sudan civil war2013In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 51, no 2, p. 367-369Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Building a future?: The reintegration and re-marginalisation of youth in Liberia2005In: No Peace, no war: an anthropology of contemporary armed conflicts / [ed] Paul Richards, Oxford and Athens: James Currey and Ohio University Press , 2005Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 17.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Danny Hoffman, The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia2012In: Anthropological Quarterly, ISSN 0003-5491, E-ISSN 1534-1518, Vol. 85, no 2, p. 581-586Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics. The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Debating mercenary anthropology: maintaining scholarly ignorance or new engagement with the global warscape2009In: Africa : politics and societies south of the SaharaArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 19.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Der Staat als Feind2006In: Der Überblick, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 6-9Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 20.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Diamanter är för evigt - men Sierra Leonsk ungdom är utbytbar2007Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 21.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    En gång general, alltid general: krigen tar slut men militära befälsstrukturer består2013In: Internationella Studier, ISSN 0020-952X, no 4, p. 51-52Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Fighting (in) the badlands of modernity: youth combatants in the Liberian Civil War2007In: Journal of Social Sciences and Management, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 37-43Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Fluid research fields: studying excombatant youth in the aftermath of the Liberian Civil War2004In: Children and youth on the front line: ethnography, armed conflict and displacement / [ed] Jo Boyden and Joanna de Berry, Oxford: Berghahn Books , 2004Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Freetown: Berättelser från den osynliga staden2007In: Den Ny Verden, ISSN 0029-6775, Vol. 40, no 2, p. 27-37Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Ground zero: Revival of Democratic Mali? 2013Other (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Gute Jungs, böse Jungs2005In: Jungle World, Vol. 31, p. 1-6Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 27.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Gute Jungs, Böse Jungs2005In: Die Wochenzeitung, no October 6Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 28.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Im Frieden hilft der General2013In: Welt-Sichten, ISSN 1865-7966, no 10, p. 45-47Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 29.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Im Frieden hilft der General2013In: Welt-Sichten, ISSN 1865-7966, no 10, p. 45-47Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Introduction: Bigmanity and network governance in African conflicts2012In: African conflicts and informal power: big men and networks / [ed] Utas, Mats, London ; Uppsala: Zed Books ; Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2012, p. 1-31Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 31.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics. The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Liberia Beyond the Blueprints: poverty reduction strategy papers, Big Men and informal networks2008Other (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics. The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Malignant organisms: continuities of state-run violence in rural Liberia2009In: Crisis of the state: war and social upheaval / [ed] Bruce Kapferer and Björn Enge Bertelsen, Oxford: Berghahn Books , 2009, p. 265-291Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. Uppsala universitet, Kulturantropologiska avdelningen.
    Martine Guichard, Tilo Grätz and Youssouf Diallo (eds.). Friendship, decent and lliance in Africa.2015In: The Australasian review of African studies, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 135-136Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute.
    No Money, no friend1995In: Vagabond, ISSN 1400-4933, no No. 6Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 35.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Patience my ass2004In: Jungle World, no 50Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 36.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    “Playing the game”: gang-militia logics in war-torn Sierra Leone2014In: Global Gangs: Street violence across the world / [ed] Hazen, J.M. and Rodgers, D., Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014, p. 171-192Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Presidential elections in Sierra Leone2007In: NAI Newsletter, no June, p. 1-4Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    On August 11 Sierra Leone will vote democratically for the second timesince the end of the decade long civil war that raged between 1991 and 2002. Many international observers believe that this election is an important testfor democracy in Sierra Leone. Many Sierra Leoneans call democracy Demare-Crazy and politics politrix.

  • 38.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Sexual abuse survivors and the complex of traditional healing: (G)local prospects in the aftermath of an African war2009Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In its efforts to assist post-conflict societies in africa the international aid community has acitvely promoted projects of psycho-social healing among people traumatized during wars and violent conflict. To a large degree these projects have been established in the tradtion of Western psychology. More recently, however, it has been realized in order to help survivors of war effectivley it is necessary to adapt projects and enhance “local” psycho-social healing. This policy report locates the structures – with local legitimacy – that are available to young people who experienced sexual abuse during the Sierra Leone civil war (1991–2002). To this end, this booklet discusses a healing complex that comprises a number of overlapping actors, including herbalists, Zoe Mammies (heads of the female secret societies), Mori-men (Muslim healers); Karamokos (Muslim teachers) and Christian pastors.

    CONTENTS

    1. Introduction

    2. Scope of the study

    2.1 Methods

    2.2 Research ethichs

    3. Limitations of the study

    4. War-related sexual abuse

    4.1 Quantitative findings

    4.2 Qualitative findings

    4.3 Turning a page? Sexual abuse in post-war reality

    5. Variations of traditional healing

    5.1 Notes on mental illness in Sierra Leone

    5.2 The healing complex6. Traditional healing of sexual abuse

    6.1 From the girls’ and young women’s perspective

    6.2 The herbalist

    6.3 The Karamoko and the Mori-man

    6.4 The Soweh mammy and female herbalist (Kuntumoi musu)

    6.5 Cleansing the bush

    6.6 The pastor

    6.7 Talking trauma – notes on counselling

    7. Findings and recommendations

    7.1 Social approaches towards the sexually abused

    7.2 Girls’ and young women’s practices related totraditional healing

    7.3 Findings on traditional healers

    7.4 Recommendations

    Appendices

  • 39.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. Uppsala universitet, Kulturantropologiska avdelningen.
    Sharon Alane Abramowitz. Searching for the normal in the wake of the Liberian war2015In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 53, no 3, p. 494-496Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Sierra Leones vacklande demokrati2007In: Tidningen Kulturen, ISSN 2000-7086, no 20-21, july 2007Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 41.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Stephen Ellis. The Mask of Anarchy: The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimension of an African Civil War. 2nd edition. New York: New York University Press, 2007. xxxiii + 350 pp. Illustrations. Maps. Annexes. Bibliography. Index. $24.00. Paper.2008In: African Studies Review, ISSN 0002-0206, E-ISSN 1555-2462, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 155-157Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Stig Jarle Hansen. Al-Shabaab in Somalia: the history and ideology of a militant Islamist group, 2005−2012: book review2013In: International Affairs, ISSN 0020-5850, E-ISSN 1468-2346, Vol. 89, no 6, p. 1523-1524Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. Uppsala universitet, Kulturantropologiska avdelningen.
    Terroristjakt med drönare löser inte konflikten i norra Mali2015In: Mänsklig säkerhet, , p. 2Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 44.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    The Devil of Civili2009Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Short documentary film about masquerade societies in Freetown Sierra Leone

  • 45.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    The Pentagon Guys2009Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Short documentary film about young excombatants in the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • 46.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. Uppsala universitet, Kulturantropologiska avdelningen.
    “The system bang me right here”: ostacoli e opportunità fra le strade di Freetown e oltre2015In: Antropologia, ISSN 2281-4043, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 41-60Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    The violent logic of marginality: youth and the Liberian Civil War2004In: News from the Nordic Africa Institute, no no.2/2004, p. 23-26Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
    Urban youth and post-conflict Africa: On policy priorities2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Youth in urban areas of post-war African countries lead lives that are not very different from non-post-war societies. In fact it is often hard to separate battle-hardened ex-combatants from street-hardened urban youth in general. In this context, youth is a social category of people living in volatile and dire life conditions rather than a group defined by age. It is people who are no longer children, but who have yet to become social adults, people who have been marginalized into what they see as a chronic state of youthhood. It is the number of social youth, not the number of an age-categorized “youth bulge”, that poses a danger for stability in many African countries. This way of defining youth demands special efforts and raises special concerns when international donor communities create and implement youth-specific projects in post-conflict areas. Related to that, this policy note reflects on number of issues that will help improve the results of such projects through knowing and using existing social structures, including gender relations, the problems of social elites and the advantages of utilizing already existing systems of labor training.

  • 49.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    Victimcy, Girlfriending, Soldiering: Tactic Agency in a Young Woman's Social Navigation of the Liberian War Zone2005In: Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 78, no 2, p. 403-430Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Utas, Mats
    The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. The Nordic Africa Institute, Urban Dynamics.
    War, violence and videotapes: media and localized videoscapes of the Liberian Civil War2006In: Violence, political culture and development in Africa / [ed] Preben Kaarsholm, Oxford: James Currey , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
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