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Ritual, fusion, and conflict: The roots of agro-pastoral violence in rural Cameroon

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Herder-farmer conflicts in West Africa have caused thousands of deaths in recent years. Many conflicts are triggered by localized events that rapidly spiral out of control. What leads specific interpersonal conflicts to scale up into intergroup violence? We propose that such conflicts are rooted in identity and ritual dynamics. We present evidence that participants in Mambila traditions of masquerade initiation in Cameroon report especially strong identity fusion, a visceral sense of oneness ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/1368430220959705

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9892-3334
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0001-5853-7351
More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Group Processes & Intergroup Relations Journal website
Volume:
25
Issue:
1
Pages:
298-311
Publication date:
2020-10-13
Acceptance date:
2020-08-21
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EISSN:
1461-7188
ISSN:
1368-4302
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1127761
Local pid:
pubs:1127761
Deposit date:
2020-08-22

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