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Jennifer M. Hazen and Dennis Rodgers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691470

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691470.001.0001

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“Playing the Game”: Gang–Militia Logics in War-Torn Sierra Leone

“Playing the Game”: Gang–Militia Logics in War-Torn Sierra Leone

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(p.171) 8 “Playing the Game”: Gang–Militia Logics in War-Torn Sierra Leone
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Global Gangs
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Mats Utas

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691470.003.0009

This chapter explores the similarities and differences between gangs and militias in post-war Sierra Leone, focusing in particular on the continuities between wartime armed groups and post-conflict gangs, their ties to the political culture, and the constant efforts of youths to both gain entry into “the system”, while at the same time rebelling against it.

Keywords:   gangs, youth, violence, conflict, urban challenges, state security, crime, global, transnational

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