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Social torture : the case of northern Uganda, 1986-2006 /
Chris Dolan.
imprint
New York : Berghahn Books, 2009.
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xiii, 338 p.
ISBN
1845455657 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9781845455651 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Berghahn Books, 2009.
isbn
1845455657 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9781845455651 (hbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6858695
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
In this provocative study, Dolan (Univ. of Makerere, Uganda) combines extensive fieldwork, research, analytical prowess, and empathy for internally displaced victims of the long-running conflict in northern Uganda. He pushes the envelope of the emerging literature on the nature of contemporary "civil wars," in which civilians are overwhelmingly victimized by the warring parties and often herded into encampments tended by a host of international humanitarian agencies. Perhaps northern Uganda, where nearly the entire population was displaced and resettled in "protected villages," is an extreme case, but Dolan contends that "social torture" is a more apt characterization than the conventional term "civil war" or "internal war." His central argument is that the people, "in the name of protection ... experienced on a mass scale, the key elements of torture, most notably violation ... debilitation ... and humiliation," as well as "dread, dependency and disorientation." This book will engage, engross, and enrage; it aims to drive analysts and policy makers to rethink their approaches to such conflicts. Small, faint typeface makes for tortured reading, but the volume is recommended for university libraries, especially those supporting programs in international affairs, African studies, war and peace studies, international development, and conflict resolution, and for larger public library systems. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. P. Smaldone Georgetown University
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Main Description
As Director of the Refugee Law Project at the Univeristy of Makaree, Kampala, Uganda, Dolan offers a behind-the- scenes, cross-disciplinary study of one of Africa's longest running and most intractable conflicts. This book shows how, alongside the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army, government decisions and actions on the ground, consolidated by humanitarian interventions and silences, played a central role in creating a massive yet little recognized humanitarian crisis. Not only individuals, but society as a whole, came to exhibit symptoms typical of torture, and the perpetrator-victim dichotomy became blurred. It is such phenomena, and the complex of social, political, economic and cultural dynamics which underpin them, which the author describes as social torture. Building on political economy, social anthropology, discourse analysis, international relations and psychoanalytic approaches to violence, this book offers an important analytical instrument for all those seeking entry points through which to address entrenched conflicts.
Long Description
As Director of the Refugee Law Project at the University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda, Dolan offers a behind-the-scenes, cross-disciplinary study of one of Africa's longest running and most intractable conflicts. This book shows how, alongside the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army, government decisions and actions on the ground, consolidated by humanitarian interventions and silences, played a central role in creating a massive yet little recognized humanitarian crisis. Not only individuals, but society as a whole, came to exhibit symptoms typical of torture, and the perpetrator-victim dichotomy became blurred. It is such phenomena, and the complex of social, political, economic and cultural dynamics which underpin them, which the author describes as social torture. Building on political economy, social anthropology, discourse analysis, international relations and psychoanalytic approaches to violence, this book offers an important analytical instrument for all those seeking entry points through which to address entrenched conflicts.
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A cross-disciplinary study of one of Africa's longest running and most intractable conflicts, this book establishes and elaborates on the phenomenon of social torture.
Main Description
As Director of the Refugee Law Project at the University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda, Dolan offers a behind-the-scenes, cross-disciplinary study of one of Africa's longest running and most intractable conflicts. This book shows how, alongside the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army, government decisions and actions on the ground, consolidated by humanitarian interventions and silences, played a central role in creating a massive yet only very belatedly recognized humanitarian crisis. Not only individuals, but society as a whole, came to exhibit symptoms typical of torture, and the perpetrator-victim dichotomy became blurred. It is such phenomena, and the complex of social, political, economic and cultural dynamics which underpin them, which the author describes as social torture. Building on political economy, social anthropology, discourse analysis, international relations and psychoanalytic approaches to violence, this book offers an important analytical instrument for all those seeking entry points through which to address entrenched conflicts, whether from a conflict resolution, post-conflict recovery or transitional justice perspective.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Tables, Charts & Diagrams
List of Illustrations
List of Acronyms
Map Of 'Protected Villages' in which Fieldwork Was Conducted
Introduction
The Mainstream Discourse of Today's Wars
Building Blocks of a Counter-Narrative
Impacts
Actors
Benefits and Functions
Justifications
Elaborating a Model of Social Torture
Overview of the Book
The Research Process
Institutional Setting
Working in a 'War Zone'
Conceptual Challenges
Horizontal Segmentation or Vertical Linkages?
Acknowledging Peoples' Agency
Ethical Considerations
Methods Adopted
Composition of the Research Team
In-Depth Key-Informant Interviews
Audio-Visual Data
Media Monitoring
Research Integrated with Programming - The Use of Focus Groups
Dealing with Findings
Discussion and Conclusions
Subjectivity and Objectivity
An Overview of the Situation in Northern Uganda
Introduction
The Build-Up to War
Phase I (1986 to 1988)
Phase II (1988 to 1994)
Phase III (1994 to 1999)
Phase IV - Amnesty for 'Terrorists' (2000 to 2002)
Phase V - Operation Iron Fist and Its Aftermath (2002 to 2003)
Phase VI - November 2003 to June 2006
Phase VII - June 2006 Onwards
The War As People Remember It
Discussion
Some Concluding Questions
Reconsidering the LRA-Government Dynamic
Introduction
The LRA's Ambiguities
Composition
The Extent of Civilian Support
Links with the Lord's Resistance Movement
The Role of the Media in Creating Ambiguity
The LRA's Modus Operandi
Administration and Control
Survival and Proxy
Warfare
LRA Motivations and Politics
Politics of Rejection
The 1994 Peace Talks
Discussion
Further Nuances and Characterisations - Local Context
Refining the Characterisations - Comparative Experiences
An Appraisal of the Government's Initiatives
Conclusions
Protection As Violation
Introduction
Formation and Organisation
Physical Layout and Shelter Administration
Mchaka-Mchaka
Subsistence in the Camps Access to Land Reductions in Hunting
Other Alternatives to Agriculture
Group Formation
Food Aid
Problems with Distribution
Demonstration Sites
Calls To Allow People To Return Home
Block Farming
Access to Education Universal Primary Education (UPE)
Drop-Outs
Teacher Motivation
Secondary Schooling
Access to Health Care
Access to Protection When Was the LRA the UPDF?
People's Responses
Discussion and Conclusions
Protection As Debilitation
Introduction
Physical Debilitation
Psychological Debilitation
Suicide
Heavy Drinking
Cultural Debilitation
Burial and Funeral Rites
Breakdown of Restorative Justice
Dance and Song
External Interventions, which 'Diluted' Culture
Changing Military-Civilian Relationships
Discussion
Signs of Resilience?
Conclusions
Protection As Humiliation
Introduction
The Hegemonic Model of Masculinity
What Women Are (Supposed To Be)
Like What Youth Are (Supposed To Be)
Like What Men Are (Supposed To Be)
Like Masculine Roles
The Gap between Model and Reality: Inability To Fulfill External and Internalised Expectations
Acquisition of Knowledge
Marriage Provision
Physical Protection
Further Threats to Sense of Masculinity
'Gender' Discourse and Practice
Militarization
The Impact of the Emergence of a Hegemonic Model
Domestic Violence
Increased Male Vulnerability to Violence
State Benefits from the Hegemonic Model
Discussion
Conclusions
Social Torture and the Continuation of War
Introduction
Impacts and Methods
Further Symptoms of Torture Actors
Humanitarian Missions and Mandate
Failures in Assistance and Protection
Benefits and Functions
Economics
Psychological Political Justifications for Action and Inaction
Justifying Action
Justifying Inaction
Discussion
Low Intensity but Wide Impact
Geographically Extensive and Time-Indifferent Multiple Actors Multiple Functions
Social Torture Acquires Its Own Momentum
Social Torture Is Justified in Public
Discourses, which then Become Instruments of Social Torture
Conclusions
Conclusions
Social Torture Offers a Counter-Narrative to the Mainstream Discourse
Greed-Grievance
Social Torture Goes beyond the Convention Against Torture
Social Torture Suggests the Need for More Comprehensive Interventions
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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