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Putting a Tape Measure Around Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Geoff HarrisEmail author
  • Mediel Hove
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Abstract

This chapter provides a broad picture of violence in sub-Saharan Africa, which has reached chronic proportions in much of the region and permeates the whole range of inter-personal relationships. Following a review of key peace concepts, the chapter reviews recent research on the nature of this violence, its extent, its causes and its consequences. An important finding is the wide variation in the levels of violence between and within countries, which shows that violence is not inevitable and that choices can be made to deal with conflicts non-violently. The effectiveness of current efforts to address this violence – via law, religion and education – is discussed. The chapter concludes by emphasising that understanding violence will do little to change it; effective nonviolent interventions over decades will be required.

Keywords

Conflict Violence Sub-Saharan Africa Nonviolence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durban University of TechnologyDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

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