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“Since I am a dog, beware my fangs”: beyond a ‘rational violence’ framework in the Sierra Leonean war

By David Keen


In his paper, David Keen goes beyond the confines of a 'rational violence' framework and proposes a model that helps to explain the occurrence of widespread violence against civilians during a civil war. In assessing violence induced by military soldiers and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in Sierra Leone, Keen's three-stage model suggests that violence may be a product of human emotions, such as shame, anger and fear. The emotions and views of combatants need to be taken seriously if abuses are to be minimised

Topics: JC Political theory, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology, DT Africa
Publisher: Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
Year: 2002
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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