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Title:Under familiar fire: making decisions during the 'Kivu crisis' 2008 in Goma, DR Congo
Author:Oldenburg, SilkeISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Volume:45
Issue:2
Pages:61-80
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:civil wars
rumours
communication
state of emergency
social life
Link:http://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/328
Abstract:This paper explores the decisionmaking strategies used by the inhabitants of Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo) during the Kivu crisis in October 2008. The paper's aim is twofold: after providing a short history of the October 2008 events, in the empirical part it distinguishes and clarifies the role of rumours and narratives in the setting of violent conflict as well as analysing their impact on decisionmaking processes. As the epistemological interest lies more with the people who stay rather than those who flee, in the second part the paper argues that the practice of routinization indicates a conscious tactic whose purpose is to counter the non-declared state of exception in Goma. Routinization is defined as a means of establishing order in everyday life by referring to narratives based on lived experiences. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract]
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