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Researching Children And Violence In Evolving Socio-Political Contexts

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The author found, throughout the journey through Afarland, a network of silence constructed and maintained by various actors that featured multiple, overlapping layers. This chapter extracts four of these layers to show how power and vested interests conspired to ensure that this conflict remained invisible to all but the Afar. It suggests that silence is a fertile space in which the ethics and praxis of conducting fieldwork in situations of conflict are starkly revealed. Each layer involved a set of actors at a different level of the power hierarchy. Unpeeling the layers of this particular onion can, the author proposes, reveal a great deal about the construction of power in the corner of Ethiopia, and more broadly has implications for the ways in which analysis of conflict and violence should be thought of.

Keywords:Afarland; Ethiopia; silence; violence



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