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Humanitarian death and the magic of global war in Uganda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5835-1706
2012 (English)In: War, Technology, Anthropology: / [ed] Koen Stroeken, Oxford: Berghahn Books , 2012, Vol. 55, p. 106-119Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In view of the 2005 unsealing of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrants for the Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement leadership, this paper sketches a violent intersection of international interventions and war as played out in Uganda. By 2005 local realities had become firmly entangled with larger regional and even global warscapes­, an entanglement that still today perpetuates conflicts in the wider region. The paper argues that the intersection of the local and the global is part of the magical terror of war, produced not primarily by any Africanness but in the emplacement of global forces on the African scene. A most prominent feature of magical terror is the making and constant remaking of a master narrative which reduces a murky reality of globalized war into a black-and-white story of the modern Ugandan government and its international partners in development defending the noncombatant citizenry against the Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement.

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Oxford: Berghahn Books , 2012. Vol. 55, p. 106-119
Series
Critical Interventions: A forum for social analysis ; 13
Keywords [en]
crimes against humanity, International Criminal Court, Lord’s Resistance Army, Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement, magical terror, Uganda, war crimes, war propaganda
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Social Anthropology
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Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140376ISBN: 978-0-85745-587-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140376DiVA, id: diva2:383500
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-05 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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