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Finnström, S. (2018). Review of Holly Porter's After Rape: Violence, Justice, and Social Harmony in Uganda (London: International African Institute and Cambridge University Press) [Review]. African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, 17(4), 138-139
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Holly Porter's After Rape: Violence, Justice, and Social Harmony in Uganda (London: International African Institute and Cambridge University Press)
2018 (English)In: African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, ISSN 1093-2658, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 138-139Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331019 (URN)
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-05-16
Finnström, S. (2016). Lord’s Resistance Army No More: Review of Amony, Evelyn, I am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my life from the Lord’s Resistance Army (Un of Wisconsin Press, 2015) [Review]. Warscapes Magazine (Open Access)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lord’s Resistance Army No More: Review of Amony, Evelyn, I am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my life from the Lord’s Resistance Army (Un of Wisconsin Press, 2015)
2016 (English)In: Warscapes Magazine (Open Access)Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

With the help of Erin Baines’s careful and knowledgeable editing and pertinent contextualization, Evelyn Amony has written a remarkable memoir entitled I Am Evelyn Amony: reclaiming my life from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Throughout the book there is a forceful narrative agency that is rare among works where outsiders present and edit the life histories of former child soldiers. The account is as painful as it is revealing. Amony’s story is one of “choiceless choices,” to borrow an illustrious phrase from Holocaust researcher Lawrence L. Langer: of bare life and brutal death; of being abducted into rebel ranks and forced, at a very young age, to become the wife of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army....

National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293082 (URN)
Available from: 2016-05-11 Created: 2016-05-11 Last updated: 2018-05-16
Finnström, S. (2016). O Anthropology, Where Art Thou?: An auto-ethnography of proposals. In: Helena Wulff (Ed.), The anthropologist as writer: Genres and contexts in the 21st century (pp. 46-59). New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>O Anthropology, Where Art Thou?: An auto-ethnography of proposals
2016 (English)In: The anthropologist as writer: Genres and contexts in the 21st century / [ed] Helena Wulff, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016, p. 46-59Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I revisit the so-called Malinowskian legacy in the light of my efforts to raise funds for my own anthropological endeavors. Today’s almost habitual dismissal of this legacy as parochial risks missing the fact that the anthropology of Bronislaw Malinowski’s days was not simply a colonialist enterprise working under faulty premises. Even if epistemologically ethnocentric, Malinowski and those following his lead paved the way for an engaged, open-minded, reflexive, and indeed global anthropology. I will sketch some possibilities and potentials for ethnographic writing, but more, forces that tend to corrode the anthropological mind, a kind of control and restriction of the anthropological and academic freedom that I guess Malinowski never had to deal with in his life. As one of those ancestors who still interfere with our daily anthropological lives, I suspect him to be somehow troubled with today’s predicament.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016
Keywords
project proposals, anthropology
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239552 (URN)2-s2.0-84967538562 (Scopus ID)978-1-78533-018-6 (ISBN)978-1-78533-019-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-12-29 Created: 2014-12-29 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
Finnström, S. (2016). Review of Sarah M. H. Nouwen, Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013) [Review]. African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, 16(2), 124-125
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Sarah M. H. Nouwen, Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013)
2016 (English)In: African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, ISSN 2152-2448, E-ISSN 2152-2448, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 124-125Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293141 (URN)
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-12 Last updated: 2018-05-16
Finnström, S. (2015). Comment on Media Legacies of War: Responses to Global Film Violence in Conflict Zones, by Victor MF Igreja. Current Anthropology, 56(5), 691-692
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Comment on Media Legacies of War: Responses to Global Film Violence in Conflict Zones, by Victor MF Igreja
2015 (English)In: Current Anthropology, ISSN 0011-3204, E-ISSN 1537-5382, Vol. 56, no 5, p. 691-692Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262219 (URN)
Available from: 2015-09-10 Created: 2015-09-10 Last updated: 2018-05-16
Finnström, S. & Nordstrom, C. (2015). War: Anthropological Aspects, Historical Development of (2ed.). In: James D. Wright (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol 25: (pp. 377-381). Oxford: Elsevier
Open this publication in new window or tab >>War: Anthropological Aspects, Historical Development of
2015 (English)In: Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, vol 25 / [ed] James D. Wright, Oxford: Elsevier, 2015, 2, p. 377-381Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In defining war, this article explores the origin and historical development of armed aggression from the earliest human societies to the present. The fact that war is a relatively recent invention in the span of human existence, arising with complex societies, suggests war is neither a biological imperative nor integral to the human condition. The many forms war takes, from ethnic conflict through conventional militaries to guerrilla warfare are considered in order to understand the nature and culture of war. The twentieth century has been the bloodiest in history, and this piece examines the relationships between violence, society, and the exercise of power that help explain this. The changing philosophies and practices of war over time and society show war to be a complex constellation of economic, cultural, and existential, as well as political factors. The various theoretical approaches to war, from those characterizing premodern societies and the rise of the modern state to the present are discussed. In concluding, the future of war, and the new directions theory might take in best understanding war in the aftermath of the 2001 September 11 attacks, are considered.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Elsevier, 2015 Edition: 2
Keywords
child soldering; Clausewitz, von; collateral damage; colonialism; counterinsurgency; drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs); genocide; guerrilla warfare; Human Terrain Systems; International Criminal Court (ICC); mercenary; military-industrial complex; overseas continguencey operations; September 11 (9/11); torture; virtual war; war; war on terror
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239553 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-29 Created: 2014-12-29 Last updated: 2018-05-16
Finnström, S. (2015). War stories and troubled peace: Revisiting some secrets of northern Uganda. Current Anthropology, 56(S12), S222-S230
Open this publication in new window or tab >>War stories and troubled peace: Revisiting some secrets of northern Uganda
2015 (English)In: Current Anthropology, ISSN 0011-3204, E-ISSN 1537-5382, Vol. 56, no S12, p. S222-S230Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many aspects of war are deliberately kept secret, but some are so mundane that they simply are not reflected upon. In the face of the brutal mass violence of most wars today, these mundane secrets are not spectacular enough to capture media attention or the observers’ imaginations. They are, in a sense, the unmarked secrets of everyday war. In this article, I address such unmarked secrets of war. Focusing on war-torn northern Uganda, I follow two parallel threads. One is the anthropology of life histories, or my journey into anthropology in conjunction with the stories of a few Ugandan key informants. The second thread exposes the conditions that influence a researcher’s tendency to craft and edit data and experience. In acknowledging the entanglements of the two threads, I focus on storytelling and listening in situations that initially may remain unmarked – and thus silent and even secret – to the outside participant observer. In addition, rather than presenting any straightforward story of the war in northern Uganda, I extend a conversation on methodology.

National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258226 (URN)10.1086/683270 (DOI)000368500800006 ()
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-07-12 Created: 2015-07-12 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
Finnström, S. (2014). 2014. Disillusion, embodiment and violent reconciliations: Engaged anthropology on Rwanda, El Salvador, and Peru: Review essay on Jennie E. Burnet, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012), Irina Carlota Silber, Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador (New York: Rutgers UP, 2011) and Kimberly Theidon, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (Philadelphia: PENN Press, 2013) [Review]. Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), 37(2), 371-375
Open this publication in new window or tab >>2014. Disillusion, embodiment and violent reconciliations: Engaged anthropology on Rwanda, El Salvador, and Peru: Review essay on Jennie E. Burnet, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012), Irina Carlota Silber, Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador (New York: Rutgers UP, 2011) and Kimberly Theidon, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (Philadelphia: PENN Press, 2013)
2014 (English)In: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), ISSN 1081-6976, E-ISSN 1555-2934, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 371-375Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-231355 (URN)
Available from: 2014-09-08 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved
Finnström, S. & Whitehead, N. L. (2013). Introduction: Virtual War and Magical Death. In: Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström (Ed.), Virtual War and Magical Death: Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing. Durham: Duke University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Virtual War and Magical Death
2013 (English)In: Virtual War and Magical Death: Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing / [ed] Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström, Durham: Duke University Press , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book was inspired by a number of considerations: the limits of ethnographic participation in war zones, the way in which the imaginary becomes significant in creating meaning in the chaotic context of war zones, and how a space of virtual conflict and war emerges from these conjunctions. Such a virtual space is not separate from the physical battlefield, although for most Euro-Americans the battles are something “out there” in the presumably dangerous spaces of Africa, Middle East, or south of the Mexico–United States border. However, we contend in the volume that the actual killings on the battlefields, wherever they happen to be located, are intimately linked to an emerging virtual space created by news and cinematic and gaming media as well as the mediating and mapping technologies of contemporary military violence—such as airborne attack drones, satellite surveillance from space, stealth airplanes and helicopters, night-vision equipment, and the associated use of politically covert assassination operations...

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Durham: Duke University Press, 2013
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140384 (URN)
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-05 Last updated: 2018-05-16
Finnström, S. (2013). Review of Nicolas Argenti and Katharina Schramm, eds., Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission (Berghahn Books, 2010). [Review]. Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice, 57(2), 131-133
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Nicolas Argenti and Katharina Schramm, eds., Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission (Berghahn Books, 2010).
2013 (English)In: Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice, ISSN 0155-977X, E-ISSN 1558-5727, Vol. 57, no 2, p. 131-133Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berghahn Books, 2013
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204457 (URN)
Available from: 2013-08-05 Created: 2013-08-05 Last updated: 2018-05-16
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