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Accepted Paper:

'Balls of fire' and other kinds of weapons: a look at the Haitian experience  
Ulrike Davis-Sulikowski (University of Vienna)

Paper long abstract:

This contribution focuses on selected instances of non-state armed groups, their goals and modes of combat from present-day 'gangs', rebels and 'secte rouge' warriors to historic mercenaries and resistance fighters. Particularly in the case of Haiti this entails basically questioning the relation between the people and the state as an institution and the dialectics of sovereignity and external intervention between power and survival.

Panel W110
Observing the 'bad guys': ethnographic approaches to non-state armed groups
  Session 1