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The social origins of violence in Uganda, 1964-1985 [electronic resource] /
A.B.K. Kasozi ; with the assistance and collaboration of Nakanyike Musisi and James Mukooza Sejjengo.
Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1994.
xv, 347 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0773512187 :
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Montreal ; Buffalo : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1994.
0773512187 :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-09:
Readers seeking a descriptive analysis of what happens in a society when the government--legitimate or otherwise--loses its capacity to maintain law and order will find the consequences writ large in this account of Uganda's experience. Rather than focus on a specific leader, such as Idi Amin--whose 1971-79 regime cost the lives of between 50,000 and 300,000 people--the author outlines the structural weaknesses in Ugandan society that created an environment of dehumanizing violence. He argues that the major causes were social inequality; ethnic conflict and jealously between the Buganda peoples and the Bunyoro, Ankole, and Toro groups; ineffective methods of conflict resolution; absence of an indigenous property-owning class; a decline in economic growth; ineffective leaders; and the lack of a common language. The consequences were a devastating decline in the quality of life, an increase in family violence and brutal treatment of women, deterioration of social discipline, and almost irreparable damage to the environment, such as the near destruction of Uganda's wildlife. Ten appendixes, five statistical tables, three maps, and an extensive bibliography enhance the author's analysis. Undergraduate and graduate collections. M. E. Doro; Connecticut College
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"Impressive in scope. The book offers an interesting explanatory model for violence in Uganda which will be relevant for comparative politics in developing countries." Jan Jorgensen, Faculty of Management, McGill University.
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Main Description
Using a convincing causal model of violence, Kasozi attributes the major causes of violence in Uganda to social inequality, the failure to develop legitimate conflict resolution mechanisms, and factors that have influenced the domain and patterns of conflict in that society (such as lack of a common language, religious sectarianism, vigilante justice, and gender inequality). He concludes the study by drawing comparisons with neighbouring countries and offering some prescriptions for alleviating the violence. Kasozi was assisted by Nakanyike Musisi and James Mukooza Sejjengo, who participated in the research on this book. The Social Origins of Violence in Uganda is one of the most thorough and comprehensive analyses of the causes, levels, and incidence of more than two decades of violence in Uganda.
Table of Contents
Tables, Figures, and Maps
Abbreviations and Glossary
Introductionp. 3
Precolonial and Colonial Ugandap. 17
Inequality and Violence in Ugandap. 30
From a Negotiated to an Imposed Constitution, 1962-66p. 59
From a Civilian to a Military Dictatorship, 1966-71p. 88
Idi Amin and the Politics of Survival, 1971-79p. 104
Weak Governments and Social Chaos, 1979-85p. 128
Four and One-Half Years of Brute Violence, 1980-85p. 145
Civil War, 1981-85p. 164
Conclusionp. 193
Epiloguep. 209
App. 1 The Language Debatep. 227
App. 2 Buwunga Subcounty: A Case Study of the Impact of Violence on a Local Communityp. 235
App. 3 Some of the Massacres under the Military Commission and Obote's Regime, 1980-84p. 240
App. 4 Some of the Victims of Amin's Years of Terror, 1971-79p. 249
App. 5 A Few of Those Reported Killed during Obote's Second Regime, 1981-85p. 254
App. 6 Some of the Detainees at Luzira Gazetted by Ugandan Authoritiesp. 273
App. 7 Memorandum of Uganda's Religious Leaders to Obote, August 1981p. 275
App. 8 Letter of the Leader of the Opposition to the President of Atrocitiesp. 279
App. 9 Memorandum from the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers and Heads of Government, 30 September to 7 October 1981p. 282
App. 10 Public Statement by Uganda's Ambassador to the Scandinavian Countries, Ibrahim Mukiibilp. 285
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 339
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