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Baral, Anna
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Baral, A. (2018). Bad Guys, Good Life: An Ethnography of Morality and Change in Kisekka Market (Kampala, Uganda). (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bad Guys, Good Life: An Ethnography of Morality and Change in Kisekka Market (Kampala, Uganda)
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Based on ethnographic data gathered over a period of almost three years, this dissertation scrutinizes the everyday lives of informal workers selling auto parts in Kisekka Market, central Kampala. Its ambition is to understand how the workers navigated a highly moralized environment in today’s Uganda, where the supposed moral deterioration of society is passionately discussed in public and in private.

Analytically the dissertation focuses on three “moral landscapes,” or moral discourses of different geographical scales, that intersected in the workers’ lives: first, the Ugandan nation or the country; second, the Buganda kingdom with its cultural institutions to which the majority of the workers professed allegiance; and third, the capital city Kampala. Materializing in Kisekka Market, each landscape posed moral demands that the workers navigated daily as they struggled to balance norms with lived practices.

The workers were perceived by external observers as morally ambiguous for their supposed instrumentality in riots and violent crimes in Kampala. Their notoriousness increased for the fact that they were men, often uneducated, and therefore, in public discourse, potentially threatening. Consequently, they were referred to as bayaaye, translated as hooligans or bad guys, and this label defined their relations with customers from all parts of Kampala and Uganda.

In exploring the implications of the three moral landscapes, particular attention is paid to the in-between. Rather than focusing on mediatized events like riots and crimes, the dissertation investigates and locates the workers’ agency in the mundane processes of care and getting by and the tentative paths to a good life that unfolded daily in Kisekka Market, regardless of larger political tensions in Kampala and beyond. The city’s development plan to replace Kisekka Market with a fancy shopping mall rendered the workers’ situation increasingly exposed and their lives increasingly vulnerable. In the workers’ quest for some degree of control and self-worth, the label of bayaaye refracted into its multiple dimensions – proudly appropriated or painfully rejected by the workers themselves – attesting  to the complexities of everyday ethics, in Kampala as elsewhere. Consequently, the ethnography of this dissertation problematizes the dominant yet fraught narrative around young men in urban Africa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 321
Series
Uppsala Studies in Cultural Anthropology, ISSN 0348-5099 ; 58
Keywords
Morality, Ethics, Urban planning, Informality, Bayaaye, Everyday life, Agency, Masculinity, Uganda, Buganda
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343984 (URN)978-91-513-0258-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-05-04, Geijersalen, Thunbergsvägen 3H, 75120, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-04-11 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-05-18
Baral, A. (2017). Brutta gente, bella vita: pianificazione urbana e morale a Kampala. In: Cecilia Pennacini; Alessandro Gusman (Ed.), L’Africa delle città: Urban Africa (pp. 250-261). Turin: Accademia University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Brutta gente, bella vita: pianificazione urbana e morale a Kampala
2017 (Italian)In: L’Africa delle città: Urban Africa / [ed] Cecilia Pennacini; Alessandro Gusman, Turin: Accademia University Press , 2017, p. 250-261Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turin: Accademia University Press, 2017
Keywords
urban africa, kampala, morality, africa urbana, moralità, kampala
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-350764 (URN)978-88-99982-38-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-15 Created: 2018-05-15 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Baral, A. & Jourdan, L. (2016). L’ideologia neoliberista e lo “sviluppo” delle città africane: il caso del mercato di Kisekka (Kampala, Uganda). Afriche e Orienti, 18, 134-154
Open this publication in new window or tab >>L’ideologia neoliberista e lo “sviluppo” delle città africane: il caso del mercato di Kisekka (Kampala, Uganda)
2016 (Italian)In: Afriche e Orienti, ISSN 1592-6753, Vol. 18, p. 134-154Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
San Marino: , 2016
Keywords
Informality, city, Kampala, marketplace, economia informale, Kampala, mercati, Uganda, cittá
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-350762 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-15 Created: 2018-05-15 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Baral, A. (2014). A View from Mengo, Some Views on Mengo: Voices on the 2011 General Elections in Buganda. In: Sandrine Perrot, Sabiti Makara, Jerome Lafargue, Marie-Aude Fouere (Ed.), Elections in a Hybrid Regime: Revisiting the 2011 Ugandan Polls: . Kampala: Fountain Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A View from Mengo, Some Views on Mengo: Voices on the 2011 General Elections in Buganda
2014 (English)In: Elections in a Hybrid Regime: Revisiting the 2011 Ugandan Polls / [ed] Sandrine Perrot, Sabiti Makara, Jerome Lafargue, Marie-Aude Fouere, Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2014Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2014
Keywords
Elections, Uganda, Buganda
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241231 (URN)978-9970-25-341-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-01-09
Baral, A. (2013). Buddo Naggalabi Coronation Site (Buganda): Controversies around a Source of Unity. The Uganda Journal, 53, 90-135
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buddo Naggalabi Coronation Site (Buganda): Controversies around a Source of Unity
2013 (English)In: The Uganda Journal, Vol. 53, p. 90-135Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2013
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220458 (URN)
Projects
Corus (French Foreign Affairs Ministry; Kenya National Museums) “Approche socio-historique aux sites sacrés naturels et enjeux contemporaines autour de ce patrimoine (Kenya, Madagascar, Ouganda)”
Available from: 2014-03-14 Created: 2014-03-14 Last updated: 2016-04-29
Baral, A. & Brisset-Foucault, F. (2010). Les émeutes de septembre 2009 en Ouganda. Politique Africaine (116), 165-184
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Les émeutes de septembre 2009 en Ouganda
2010 (French)In: Politique Africaine, ISSN 0244-7827, E-ISSN 2264-5047, no 116, p. 165-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: Karthala, 2010
National Category
Political Science Social Anthropology
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281076 (URN)
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2016-03-17 Last updated: 2017-11-30
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