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Fighting for the Rain Forest: War, Youth and Resources in Sierra Leone (African Issues) [Paperback]

Paul Richards
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2 Dec 1996 0435074067 978-0435074067
'Fighting for the Rain Forest' explores the roots of the civil war in Sierra Leone and its manifestations in the forests amongst the country's youth.

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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (2 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435074067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435074067
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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?A perceptive, passionate, and disturbing book which sheds light on issues of great current importance.?-The Journal of Development Studies

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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTED 10 April 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book, but had problems with certain analyses. 8 July 1999
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I feel that Richards' focus is to dispute Kaplan's New Barbarism theory, and for the most part is successful. He contends that the youth involved in the war point to political causes as their reason for fighting. This is the crux of his argument, yet I feel his evidence is not necessarily in line with such a bold statement. Chapter Four outlines his findings regarding how young people experience and react to war in contemporary Africa. While I agree that the New Barbarism theory does not consider this aspect, I do not agree with Richards' argument that these young people who are fighting the power are fully conscious of the political ramifications. My interpretations of Richards' interviews form my opinion, as I understood many of the young soldiers (particularly one named "Charlie") to have joined based on sheer survival, not due to political loyalties. While Richards tediously delineates the conflict in Sierra Leone from any inkling of the New Barbarism theory, I find it difficult to follow his argument from the angle of what is and what is not political. Part of providing a counterattack on a theory or supplying fodder for an original theory is to disprove the argument and then build yours. I feel Richards has dismantled New Barbarism, but does not necessarily provide the reader with the proper tools and equipment to rebuild it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the reading time if you are a lover of African studies 30 Aug 1999
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Richards translates sucessfully the complex background history of the current Sierra Leonean crisis into a quantified language suitable for further policy research and study on similar models. His threading of Sierra Leonean nation state history with the ongoing conflict makes his work more active. It is a great upgraded handbook for readers who seek to de-mystify the African learning experience. In that same light Richards' book lacks emotional connection with pan-African political ideology.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fighting for Comprehension 20 Mar 2001
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Paul Richards writes this book from a controversial -- and certainly not typical -- perspective. While refreshing in this innovation, the argument is poorly structured, and Richards' writing nearly impossible to follow. I found reading this work unbelievably frustrating, and the convoluted presentation of both fact and theory inappropriate to a work of social science. Where were the editors?!?
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