Living with Bad Surroundings: War, History, and Everyday Moments in Northern Uganda (BOK)

Sverker Finnstrom

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Since 1986, the Acholi people of northern Uganda have lived in the crossfire of a violent civil war, with the Lord's Resistance Army and other groups fighting the Ugandan government. Acholi have been murdered, maimed, and forced into displacement. Thousands of children have been abducted and forced into fighting. Many observers have perceived Acholiland and northern Uganda to be an exception in contemporary Uganda, which has been celebrated by the international community for its increased political stability and particularly for its fight against AIDS. In this narrative, the Acholi are portrayed as war-prone, whether because of religious fanaticism or intractable ethnic hatreds. In Living with Bad Surroundings, Sverker Finnstrom rejects these characterizations, and he challenges other simplistic explanations for the violence in northern Uganda. Foregrounding the narratives of individual Acholi, Finnstrom enables those most affected by the ongoing "dirty war" to explain how they participate in, comprehend, survive, and even resist it. Finnstrom draws on fieldwork conducted in northern Uganda between 1997 and 2006 to describe how the Acholi - especially the younger generation, those born into the era of civil strife - understand and attempt to control their moral universe and material circumstances. Structuring his argument around indigenous metaphors and images, notably the Acholi concepts of good and bad surroundings, he vividly renders struggles in war and the related ills of impoverishment, sickness, and marginalization. In this rich ethnography, Finnstrom provides a clear-eyed assessment of the historical, cultural, and political underpinnings of the civil war while maintaining his focus on Acholi efforts to achieve "good surroundings," viable futures for themselves and their families.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2008 Forfatter Sverker Finnstrom
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822341918
Antall sider 304 Dimensjoner 15,8cm x 23,3cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 426 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Violence in society, Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography