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War stories and troubled peace: Revisiting some secrets of northern Uganda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2015 (English)In: Current Anthropology, ISSN 0011-3204, E-ISSN 1537-5382, Vol. 56, no S12, S222-S230 p.Article 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.

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2015. Vol. 56, no S12, S222-S230 p.
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Social Anthropology
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Cultural Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258226DOI: 10.1086/683270ISI: 000368500800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-258226DiVA: diva2:841274
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Available from: 2015-07-12 Created: 2015-07-12 Last updated: 2016-02-23Bibliographically approved

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