Liminality and Community Leadership: Transitioning Leadership in Postconflict in Sierra Leone

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Liminality is a space in-between what was and what will be, and it is often a space for scrutiny and reflection as one moves forward. This article uses the concept of liminality as a lens to understand three primary transitions in chieftaincy leadership in postconflict Sierra Leonean communities. These shifts are an increased involvement in community development, increased fairness in dispute settlement, and a challenge to the patrilineal norm of leadership. This article aims to better understand these transitions in postconflict chieftaincy leadership, and overall cultural shifts in the community, through a lens of liminality.


This article was originally published in International Leadership Journal, volume 7, issue 1, in 2015. Dr. Miller's article begins on page 3.

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Thomas Edison State University