Re-forging Military Cohesion in Exile: Zimbabwean Army Deserters in South Africa

  • Godfrey Maringira
  • Lorena Núñez Carrasco


Maringira and Núñez Carrasco examine the manner in which army deserters from Zimbabwe communicate and continue to re-live and enact their past military lives in exile in South Africa. The adoption of different modes of communication is related as it occurs in contrasting places—the intimate space of camaraderie; and the public space of the Church—where they communicate and share the experience of their past participation in conflict. A mode of disguised communication is developed by these army deserters to refer to their past war experiences within their group. In the Church, their communication about conflict was replaced by a spiritual language to communicate with God, and to seek redemption and deliverance from the spirit of war.


Communication, conflict Intimate space Soldiers War Zimbabwe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Godfrey Maringira
    • 1
  • Lorena Núñez Carrasco
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Humanities: Social AnthropologySol Plaatje UniversityKimberlySouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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