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Functional multilingualism and the use of standard languages, by Bo Utas

Mats Utas , November 27th, 2019


With a description of the complex linguistic situation that characterized my father’s native village in the Ukraine as a starting point, I will try to demonstrate the multifarious…


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“From Zero to Hero”: The life of Sierra Leonean football players in Scandinavia, by Zora Šašková

Mats Utas , November 10th, 2019


Community league game in Lunsar, Port Loko District “Is Foday back home?” I asked Erik, a former Danish Superliga coach and owner of a second division club in…


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The making of a market: politicising gangs in Sierra Leone, by Kars de Bruijne

Mats Utas , July 31st, 2019


The back of a clique member By January 2019, politicians were recruiting gang members once again, nearly a year after the Sierra Leone elections. They were asked to…


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Are Sierra Leone’s gangs a new phenomenon? by Kars de Bruijne

Mats Utas , July 13th, 2019


MOB – Members of Blood together with 103 a constituency number is an indication of the politics and gangs nexus – photo by the author One Friday afternoon,…


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Development for somebody else, by Alexander Öbom

Mats Utas , July 4th, 2019


Motorcycle-taxi driving: one of few new jobs in Kisoro district. Drivers often rent their vehicle from someone else, who can afford to buy it. Alexander Öbom graduated from…


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Africa Today: The Legacies of Colonialism, by Henrietta Ezegbe

Mats Utas , June 28th, 2019


I960 often referred to as “The year of Africa” symbolized emancipation and a new dawn for the African continent. The Independence movement spread through the continent like wild…


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Philanthrocapitalism a means to Soft Power in Global Health, by Henrietta Ezegbe

Mats Utas , June 25th, 2019


In this era of global rise in charity spending, and dependence on donor aid particularly in the spheres of global health by developing nations, It is interesting to…


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Freetown – tangible progress, by Mats Utas

Mats Utas , May 24th, 2019


Kushe-o (hello) – entering Eastern parts of Freetown in the late afternoon New roads and through fares, broadened streets, less traffic congestion, paved streets, a toll road making…


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The ruins of a mining economy, by Danny Hoffman

Mats Utas , May 16th, 2019


Still from the film Uppland  Around the 23-minute mark in the short film, Uppland, an unidentified voice speaks over a series of historical images of Yekepa, Liberia. Male…


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Sierra Leone’s laws to protect women have unintended consequences, by Luisa Schneider

Mats Utas , February 28th, 2019


Age-of-consent law is complex. If it is set too high, there’s a risk that it will undercut young people’s agency. If it is set too low, it does…


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In between homes – the in-between existence of refugees in transit in Eastleigh, Nairobi, by Lena Johansson (master student at Uppsala University)

Mats Utas , July 17th, 2018


Eastleigh shop in 2009 soon after Obama became US president. Photo by Mats Utas Eastleigh, Nairobi is pictured as a good area for Somali refugees in media and…


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Congosa politics: Rumours and elections in Sierra Leone, by Diana Szanto

Mats Utas , May 28th, 2018


The red party. APC political rally in Freetown Congosa in Krio means gossiping and spreading rumour, but its connotations are much darker than in English. It equals with name…


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Elective Affinities: Fragility and Injustice in the Field, by Luisa Enria

Mats Utas , May 11th, 2018


2017 They say they can’t tell if I have malaria or not, maybe it’s something else. “Just lie down, try the drip, and see if it helps”. I…


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Can you imagine? Reflections on the SL elections and implications for penal policy and practice, by Andrew Jefferson and Luisa Schneider

Mats Utas , April 19th, 2018


Sierra Leone has a new president. And despite being challenged prior to the elections, the two party-system dominated once again. After two five-year terms under Ernest Bai Koroma…


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Sierra Leone General Elections 2018 – A personal diary, by Diana Szanto

Mats Utas , April 16th, 2018


On the 4th of April, I was sitting on the veranda of a restaurant in Lungi and watched mesmerized the police officer next to me who, in his…


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Urban kinship: the micro-politics of proximity and relatedness in African cities, by Jesper Bjarnesen and Mats Utas

Mats Utas , March 28th, 2018


It is our pleasure and privilege to introduce a special issue of Africa, exploring the micro-politics of proximity and relatedness in six African cities. To understand how social…


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Fragile Security or Fatale Liaisons? Reflections on 2 March 2018 Attacks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, by Sten Hagberg

Mats Utas , March 23rd, 2018


On Friday 2 March 2018 around 10 o’clock, two coordinated of terrorist attacks took place in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The first attack involved gunmen seeking…


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Jostling for power: Sierra Leone’s election runoff, by Luisa Enria and Jamie Hitchen

Mats Utas , March 15th, 2018


After six days of patiently waiting, during which 25% increments of Sierra Leone’s 7 March presidential vote were gradually released, on the evening of 13 March, chair of…


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Generation Terrorists: The Politics of Youth and the Gangs of Freetown, by Kieran Mitton

Mats Utas , February 26th, 2018


Youth at Risk – Youth as Risk On the evening of the 15th February, six leading presidential candidates for the Sierra Leone presidential elections took to the stage….


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The legacy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Why ‘great aspiration’ is not quite enough, by Leena Vastapuu and Maria Martin de Almagro

Mats Utas , February 3rd, 2018


The first elected woman head of state in Africa, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has just stepped down from her office in Liberia. Her successor George Weah assumed the position…


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The myth of the trickle-down effect: What Guinea’s recent upheavals intimate about the country, by Joschka Philipps

Mats Utas , March 3rd, 2017


The dry season’s dust has again settled on Conakry’s streets, aside from a few marks of ashes and rubble on the sides of the main avenues, everything seems…


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The New Gambia, by Niklas Hultin

Mats Utas , January 27th, 2017


President Adama Barrow greeting the people. Photo by Katarina Höije It finally became clear on January 21, 2017, that Yahya Jammeh, the long-serving autocratic president of The Gambia…


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Familiar with Graphic Anthropology? Didn’t think so… by David Johansson

Mats Utas , January 10th, 2017


During the second part of this spring sociologist Ugo Corte and I will teach a new master course in the Ethnography of the senses here at Uppsala University….


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Ebola: why has the previous existence of Ebola in the Mano river region not been discussed?

Mats Utas , December 8th, 2016


  Empty Ebola Treatment Center at ELWA outside Monrovia. November 1, 2016 Passage from a medical journal from 1982: The results seem to indicate that at least Liberia…


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