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Monumental Misunderstandings

The Material Entextualization of Mutual Incomprehension in Sino-Mozambican Relations

Morten Nielsen and Mikkel Bunkenborg

A statue of stainless steel cast in China and placed at the entrance of the new National Stadium in Mozambique sparked controversy between Chinese donors and Mozambican recipients in the period leading up to the stadium’s 2011 inauguration. Based on ethnographic fieldwork among the Mozambican and Chinese nationals involved in the project, we explore the multiple misunderstandings surrounding the statue and show how they came to define Sino-Mozambican relations. Entextualized through materiality, the misunderstandings assumed a monumental form in the statue, and the message of mutual incomprehension continued to reverberate across the social terrain of Sino-Mozambican relations long after the statue itself had been removed. Misunderstandings, we argue, should not be dismissed as ephemeral communicative glitches, but seen as productive events that structure social relations.

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Fuelling Capture: Africa's Energy Frontiers

Michael Degani, Brenda Chalfin, and Jamie Cross

high levels of global CO2 ( Carrington 2019 ). Africa hosts these trends in extremis . In 2018, Cyclone Idai devastated swathes of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, testifying to the fact that the African continent is ground zero for some of the worst

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Laborers, Migrants, Refugees

Managing Belonging, Bodies, and Mobility in (Post)Colonial Kenya and Tanzania

Hanno Brankamp and Patricia Daley

regimes, but also sought work to pay taxes. In Tanganyika, migrants from Belgian (Rwanda and Burundi) and Portuguese (Mozambique) territories formed the most common group of “distance labor” and were provided with free housing. Ethnic and racial

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Looking for the child soldier

The judicial investigation in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Milena Jakšić

armes au Mozambique: Anthropologie d'une guerre civile ( Paris : Karthala ). Hoffman , D. ( 2007 ), ‘ The meaning of a militia: Understanding the civil defense forces of Sierra Leone ’, African Affairs 106 , no. 425 : 639 – 662 . Hoffman

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Nathalia Brichet

opening in 2011–12 in Mozambique, times are apparently changing. For the coloured-gemstone industry, a large-scale investment in a relatively big mine such as Aappaluttoq means a long-term and not least stable supply of rubies to an international market

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Capturing Crisis

Solar Power and Humanitarian Energy Markets in Africa

Jamie Cross

international emergency response to natural disasters, forced displacement and disease epidemics. In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, for example, governments, charities, corporations and faith groups sought to respond to the emergency relief

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Victor Igreja

Healing in Post-war Mozambique’ , in C. Sriram and S. Pillay (eds.), Peace versus Justice? The Dilemma of Transitional Justice in Africa ( KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa : University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press ), 277 – 96 . Igreja , V. ( 2015

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Emergent Police States

Racialized Pacification and Police Moralism from Rio's Favelas to Bolsonaro

Tomas Salem and Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

. 2018 . The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press . Bertelsen , Bjørn Enge . 2010 . “ Securitisation of the Social and State Transformation from Iraq to Mozambique .” In

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Doing global investments the Nordic way

The “business case” for Equinor's support to union work among its employees in Tanzania

Siri Lange

– 130 . Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan . Sabaratnam , Meera . 2017 . Decolonising intervention: International statebuilding in Mozambique . London : Rowman & Littlefileld International . Sæther , Anne Karin . 2017 . De beste

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Humanosphere Potentiality Index

Appraising Existing Indicators from a Long-term Perspective

Takahiro Sato, Mario Ivan López, Taizo Wada, Shiro Sato, Makoto Nishi, and Kazuo Watanabe

.470 0.490 65 Algeria 0.477 0.441 0.449 0.411 0.472 0.461 0.423 0.364 0.404 0.584 0.471 0.543 0.443 66 Mozambique 0.476 0.529 0.556 0.433 0.428 0.490 0.476 0.494 0.502 0.442 0.472 0.575 0.627 67 Mali 0.475 0.489 0.498 0.410 0.427 0.444 0.428 0.409 0.505 0