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

Keen, David (2002) “Since I am a dog, beware my fangs”: beyond a ‘rational violence’ framework in the Sierra Leonean war. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1, 14. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/publicati...
Additional Information: © 2002 David Keen
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 14
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 09:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28296/

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