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Reconciliation grown bitter?: War, retribution, and ritual action in northern Uganda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
2010 (English)In: Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence / [ed] Rosalind Shaw and Lars Waldorf, with Pierre Hazan, Stanford: Stanford University Press , 2010, 135-156 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the effort to critically assess fixed, hard-line wartime arguments, my chapter proceeds in three stages. I begin with a sketch of some measures taken by the Ugandan government to end the war in northern Uganda. I then look at the international involvement from two standpoints, the war on terror and the International Criminal Court's effort to bring Lord's Resistance Army rebel leaders to dock. Second, I proceed to discuss two forms of ritualized reconciliation among the Acholi living in the immediate war zone, the debated mato oput (“to drink the bitter root”) and the not-so-well-known gomo tong (“to bend the spears”) rituals. Finally, in bringing these different layers together in a discussion on ritual action, I show that retributive justice, amnesty laws, and reconciliation are sources of hope, but more, of contest and confusion, and of feelings of inequality, even bitterness.

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Stanford: Stanford University Press , 2010. 135-156 p.
, Stanford Studies in human rights
Keyword [en]
Justice, reconciliation, International Criminal Court, Uganda, Lord's Resistance Army
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Cultural Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126044ISBN: 0804761507ISBN: 9780804761505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126044DiVA: diva2:321688
Available from: 2010-06-02 Created: 2010-06-02 Last updated: 2010-06-02Bibliographically approved

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