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Meaningful rebels?: Young adult perceptions on the Lord’s Resistance Movement/Army in Uganda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2006 (English)In: Navigating youth, generating adulthood: Social becoming in an African context / [ed] Catrine Christiansen, Mats Utas and Henrik E. Vigh, Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute , 2006Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper shows that rebels and non-combatant young adults alike experience a diffuse yet very real discontent and disenchantment because of increased marginalisation. Despite the internecine and counter-productive violence committed by the rebels, it is argued that there is nevertheless an increasing frustration among young adults over the fact that the political issues the rebels address are left without commentary in the public realm. Given its experience of being silenced, many young adults claimed, the LRM/A’s effort to articulate politically viable statements made sense. Young people’s stories, in public only too commonly sidestepped or reshaped, are comments on contemporary Ugandan society as such which place the rebel manifestos in relief. Their stories can deepen the understanding of contemporary African societies in emerging global realities.

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Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute , 2006.
Keyword [en]
Uganda, Lord's Resistance Army, war on terror, rebel manifestos
National Category
Other Humanities
Research subject
Cultural Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-81313ISBN: 91-7106-578-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-81313DiVA: diva2:109228
Available from: 2006-08-14 Created: 2006-08-14 Last updated: 2014-11-05Bibliographically approved

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