Emotions in protest

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Katto , J 2018 , ' Emotions in protest : unsettling the past in ex-combatants’ personal accounts in northern Mozambique ' , Oral History , vol. 46 , no. 2 , pp. 53-62 .

Title: Emotions in protest;
unsettling the past in ex-combatants’ personal accounts in northern Mozambique
Author: Katto, Jonna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures
Date: 2018-09
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Oral History
ISSN: 0143-0955
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307770
Abstract: This article focuses on the mutual production of emotions and narratives about the past in the oral history accounts of ex-combatants of the liberation struggle (1964-1974) in northern Mozambique. It draws on life history research among the ageing ex-combatant community in Niassa between 2012 and 2014. It explores the emotional aspects of remembering and meaning making in historytelling, focusing especially on disappointment and anger expressed by many ex-combatants today. More specifically, the article analyses how such negative emotions are negotiated in the ex-combatants’ personal accounts and how these negotiations shape the narration of the liberation struggle. I argue that the ex-combatants’ emotional talk can be read as a bodily protest against the official historisation of their experiences.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology

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