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  • 1. Atkinson, Ronald R.
    et al.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Uganda's moment for peace2006In: International Herald Tribune, no 9 AugustArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Op-ed, 9 August 2006:

    While wars elsewhere have grabbed the headlines - most recently in Lebanon and Israel - Africa's longest-running war has been ravaging northern Uganda for 20 years. The conflict has mainly pitted the Ugandan government against a rebel movement called the Lord's Resistance Army...

  • 2.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    2014. Disillusion, embodiment and violent reconciliations: Engaged anthropology on Rwanda, El Salvador, and Peru: Review essay on Jennie E. Burnet, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012), Irina Carlota Silber, Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador (New York: Rutgers UP, 2011) and Kimberly Theidon, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (Philadelphia: PENN Press, 2013)2014In: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), ISSN 1081-6976, E-ISSN 1555-2934, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 371-375Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 3.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Acholi2001In: Nationalencyklopedin onlineArticle in journal (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Afrikas pärla i skuggan av den 11:e september2006Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Elefanterna slåss och likt gräset under deras fötter är det civilbefolkningen som får ta smällarna. Om terror i Europa och Uganda.

  • 5.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Ambush!: Reflections on a painting by Vincent Olany, Gulu, Uganda2001In: LBC Newsletter, ISSN 1651-0526, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 2-3, with colour illustrationArticle in journal (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    An African hell of colonial imagination?: The Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, another story2010In: The Lord’s Resistance Army: Myth and reality / [ed] Tim Allen and Koen Vlassenroot, London: Zed Books , 2010, p. 74-89Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    I first encountered an Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) manifesto in 1997, a tattered one-page ten-point program. Some ten years later, with peace talks held in Juba (south Sudan) that started in 2006 but ended some two years later, my file with LRA written statements has grown big. This is basically also the timeframe that I cover in this chapter. Some LRA documents have been given to me by diaspora contacts in Sweden and the UK, a few I have downloaded from the Internet – then often copies of documents circulating on the ground – still most of them have actually been shown to me during fieldwork in Uganda, by people who put their trust in me despite a situation of severe state oppression. There is a clear continuity in claims put forward in the LRA documents that I have gathered throughout the years, and I will present something of a rarity in the academic literature on the war in northern Uganda. My narrative will also function as an implicit chronology.

  • 7.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Bakhåll!: Tankar kring en dokumentär målning från ett krigsdrabbat Uganda2003In: Nätverket: etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1651-0593, no 12, p. 26-35 (innehåller färgillustration)Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Besvärliga andar och västerländsk psykiatri2006In: Forskning och Framsteg, ISSN 0015-7937, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 52-55Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Det finns flera språk för att hantera traumatiska minnen – till exempel den moderna psykiatrins och andevärldens. Men de är inte så olika som man kan tro. Antropologen Sverker Finnström rapporterar från sin pågående forskning i Uganda.

  • 9.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Comment on Media Legacies of War: Responses to Global Film Violence in Conflict Zones, by Victor MF Igreja2015In: Current Anthropology, ISSN 0011-3204, E-ISSN 1537-5382, Vol. 56, no 5, p. 691-692Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    For God and My Life: War and Cosmology in Northern Uganda2005In: No peace no war: An Anthropology of Contemporary Armed Conflict / [ed] Paul Richards, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005, p. 98-116Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter, I hold that today’s conflict in northern Uganda, although fought on local grounds, is international and even global in character. Worldwide flows of imagery, weaponry and humanitarian aid entangle with local socio-political realities, in a way typical for most small-scale and low-intensity wars at the turn of the millennium. Alliances on the regional level add to the complexity of local battle scenes. In the local discontent, my informants articulated these complexities. “The surroundings are bad”, they often said. In discussing important aspects of a life with bad surroundings, my chapter focuses on the local lifeworld, and on actions, interpretations and explanations that are essential to any understanding, academic or popular, of the conflict. In pursuing this aim I investigate how non-combatant people in the war zone understand and explain the rebels’ violent practices on the ground, but also how they relate to the fact that the international community has become increasingly and inescapably entangled with the politics and practices of war. On the existential level, I propose people actively practice a kind of knowing by engagement. To be able to highlight this I put emphasis on meanings in use. Such meanings are never fixed but negotiated in an interactive socio-cultural and political process of interpretation and counter-interpretation, including not only the most influential agents, like the rebel movement, the Ugandan government or international relief organisations, but also the ordinary people with direct experience of the war.

  • 11.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Först fred - sedan rättvisa2006In: Uppsala Nya Tidning, no 2 juli, p. A4-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    UNT Debatt, 2 juli 2006:

    De fredstrevare som nu görs i Uganda bör självklart stödjas av Sverige. Rebellarmén i Uganda har accepterat alla krav som södra Sudans regering ställt. En bättre möjlighet till fredssamtal i regionen har inte funnits sedan 1994, skriver Sverker Finnström.

  • 12.
    Finnström, Sverker
    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.
    Humanitarian death and the magic of global war in Uganda2012In: 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.

  • 13.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    In and out of culture: Fieldwork in war-torn Uganda2000In: Antropologiska Studier: On war, revisited, ISSN 0345-0902, no 66-67, p. 50-60Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims at exemplifying war’s violation of cosmologies as well as of people, and the ways in which experiences of war and violence are domesticated in cosmological terms as strategies of copying. I argue that the diverging experiences of the ant

  • 14.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    In and out of culture: Fieldwork in war-torn Uganda (revised)2001In: Critique of Anthropology, ISSN 0308-275X, Vol. 21, no 3, p. 247-258Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims at exemplifying war’s violation of cosmologies as well as of people, and the ways in which experiences of war and violence are domesticated in cosmological terms as strategies of copying. I argue that the diverging experiences of the anthropologist and of her/his assistants and informants, can fruitfully be communicated through an intercultural understanding of the conflict at issue, and of its local implications. Such a communication can provide us with a framework for dealing with the uncertainties of research in war.

  • 15.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Ingen säker resa: (om Sverige i Uganda och Uganda i Sverige)2006In: Tidskriften Arena, ISSN 1652-0556, no 2, p. 46-50Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Sverige återfinns i Uganda och Uganda i Sverige. Med globaliseringens möjligheter växer också det omöjliga. Sverker Finnström avlivar myten om centrum och periferi.

  • 16.
    Finnström, Sverker
    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.
    “KONY 2012” and the Magic of International Relations2012Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 17.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    “Kony 2012″ Is a Springboard for the US Military: [Watching America, 13 March 2012]2012Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 18.
    Finnström, Sverker
    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.
    KONY 2012, Military Humanitarianism, and the Magic of Occult Economies2012In: Africa Spectrum, ISSN 0002-0397, E-ISSN 1868-6869, Vol. 47, no 2-3, p. 127-135Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The global success of the film KONY 2012 by Invisible Chil­dren, Inc., manifests far greater magical powers than those of Joseph Kony and his ruthless Lord’s Resistance Army, which it portrays. The most promi­nent feature of the Invisible Children lobby is the making and constant remaking of a master narrative that depoliticizes and dehistoricizes a murky reality of globalized war into an essentialized black-and-white story. The magic of such a digestible storyline, with Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony as a global poster boy for evil personified, not only plays into the hands of the oppres­sive Ugandan government but has also become handy for the US armed forces as they seek to increase their presence on the African conti­nent. As the US-led war on terror is renewed and expanded, Invisible Chil­dren’s humanitarian slogan, “Stop at nothing”, has proven to be exception­ally selective, manifesting the occult economy of global activism that calls for military interventions.

  • 19.
    Finnström, Sverker
    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.
    "Kony 2012" är en språngbräda för USA:s militär2012Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Kulturantropolog: Budskapet att konflikten med Herrens motståndsarmé bara har en militär lösning spelar både Ugandas regim och USA i händerna. USA skulle gärna vilja en permanent militärbas i Uganda.

  • 20.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Krig och det humanitära biståndets moment 222006Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Debattartikel, 20 feb:

    De humanitära organisationerna vill sällan analysera de djupgående samhällsproblem och strukturförändringar som långdragna krig för med sig, och ignorans snarare än empirisk kunskap blir ledstjärnan för en del humanitära hjälpinsatser, skriver kulturantropologen Sverker Finnström.

  • 21.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Living With Bad Surroundings: War and Existential Uncertainty in Acholiland, Northern Uganda2003Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    War has ravaged Acholiland in northern Uganda since 1986. The Ugandan army is fighting a rebel insurgency group called the Lord’s Resistance Movement/Army. The study describes a brutal pattern of war, as it unfolds from historical material as well as from informants’ contemporary stories, collected during three phases of fieldwork from 1997 to 2002. Several themes are brought up for discussion, such as the imperial inheritance and contested political history; the discrepancy between the rebels’ violent insurgency practices and their written manifestos; the army’s counterinsurgency tactics and internal mass displacement; and the role of rumours, cosmology, religion and morality in war. The study acknowledges today’s global interconnectedness. Traders in war machinery have considerably fuelled the war. In addition, structural adjustment programmes and humanitarian aid become entangled with local socio-political realities. The study explores the various ways people in Acholiland struggle to establish control and balance in quotidian life in a situation of ongoing civil war. While it has been postulated that some cultures or ethnic groups in essence are more prone to war than others, it is argued here that this is not a fruitful way of analysing cultural life. Rather, as the ethnography of the study shows, cultural life is a means by which people both engage and try to comprehend existentially the realities of war and violence, and also struggle continuously to build hope for the future. This makes culturally informed practices the main means through which war and its effects are interpreted and acted upon, something that sustains people in their experience of war in social life, making war and its multiple forms of violence routines among other routines in everyday life. At the same time, the study discusses the informants’ distress about the fixation of meaning to a limited set of cultural and ethnic stereotypes that propaganda of war and chauvinistic politics impose upon the local moral world and the national order of things. Guiding tools throughout the study are the Acholi concepts of piny marac and piny maber: “bad surroundings” and “good surroundings.”

  • 22.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Living with bad surroundings: War and uncertainty in northern Uganda1999Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores lived experiences of armed conflict among people in Acholiland, northern Uganda. It argues that today’s conflict in Acholiland, although fought on local grounds, is global in character. The paper highlights lived experiences of war and coping that are essential to any understanding of the conflict situation, and thus the focus of the paper is the local. The ambition is to describe and analyse consequences of living with conflict, or “bad surroundings.” In doing so, the paper disputes any interpretation, academic or popular, that concludes that the conflict in northern Uganda is the result of essentially localised, primordial and immutable motivations, or that the conflict stems simply from inter-ethnic fighting for regional secession or state power.

  • 23.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Lord’s Resistance Army No More: Review of Amony, Evelyn, I am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my life from the Lord’s Resistance Army (Un of Wisconsin Press, 2015)2016In: Warscapes Magazine (Open Access)Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    With the help of Erin Baines’s careful and knowledgeable editing and pertinent contextualization, Evelyn Amony has written a remarkable memoir entitled I Am Evelyn Amony: reclaiming my life from the Lord’s Resistance Army. Throughout the book there is a forceful narrative agency that is rare among works where outsiders present and edit the life histories of former child soldiers. The account is as painful as it is revealing. Amony’s story is one of “choiceless choices,” to borrow an illustrious phrase from Holocaust researcher Lawrence L. Langer: of bare life and brutal death; of being abducted into rebel ranks and forced, at a very young age, to become the wife of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army....

  • 24.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Meaningful rebels?: Young adult perceptions on the Lord’s Resistance Movement/Army in Uganda2006In: 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.

  • 25.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Morality and HIV in war-torn Uganda2002In: LBC Newsletter, ISSN 1651-0526, no 2, p. 14-15Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    NGOs part of northern Uganda war2006In: The Weekly Observer (Kampala), no 22 JulyArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Opinion, The Weekly Observer, 22 July 2006:

    Why are international NGOs targeted by the LRA rebels? Seldom can aid and humanitarianism of the international community be neutral in the eyes of the locals, and even less so in the eyes of the rebels. When humanitarian organisations take over many of the functions of the Ugandan government, some will also be perceived, as the government is, as a parallel partner to the army.

  • 27.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Niloter2001In: Nationalencyklopedin onlineArticle in journal (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    No fundamental change for northern Uganda2005In: The Daily Monitor: Uganda's Independent Daily, Kampala, no 9 SeptArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Article/opinion, The Daily Monitor, 9 Sept 2005, and republished in the same paper on 8 May 2006, as: "Why amnesty won't end LRA insurgency":

    The situation in northern Uganda has been described as one of the worst humanitarian crises of today. We need to acknowledge that the crisis is not only humanitarian. It is more profoundly, a political crisis...

  • 29.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    No-peace-no-war in Uganda2005In: News from The Nordic Africa Institute, ISSN 1403-8366, no 1, p. 9-12Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Northern Uganda has been afflicted by war since 1986. The situation in the region has been described by a high-rank UN representative as one of the worst humanitarian crises of today. Yet, recently there have been developments which have encouraged some commentators to speak about a ‘post-war’ situation. In this brief commentary, I warn against declaring a post-war situation too soon.

  • 30.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    O Anthropology, Where Art Thou?: An auto-ethnography of proposals2016In: The anthropologist as writer: Genres and contexts in the 21st century / [ed] Helena Wulff, New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016, p. 46-59Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper I revisit the so-called Malinowskian legacy in the light of my efforts to raise funds for my own anthropological endeavors. Today’s almost habitual dismissal of this legacy as parochial risks missing the fact that the anthropology of Bronislaw Malinowski’s days was not simply a colonialist enterprise working under faulty premises. Even if epistemologically ethnocentric, Malinowski and those following his lead paved the way for an engaged, open-minded, reflexive, and indeed global anthropology. I will sketch some possibilities and potentials for ethnographic writing, but more, forces that tend to corrode the anthropological mind, a kind of control and restriction of the anthropological and academic freedom that I guess Malinowski never had to deal with in his life. As one of those ancestors who still interfere with our daily anthropological lives, I suspect him to be somehow troubled with today’s predicament.

  • 31.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Ord av vikt mellan världarna2006In: AmnestyPress, ISSN 0284-7108, no 1, p. 40-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 32.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Peace talks with Kony are worth everything2006In: The Sunday Monitor: Uganda's Independent Daily, Kampala, no 9 JulyArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The Sunday Monitor, Kampala, opinion/analysis, 9 July 2006:

    Neither culturally informed practices of reconciliation nor international retributive justice can replace political efforts at peacemaking, as has been the development in Uganda. Perhaps it is even too early to talk about reconciliation or justice. Instead, to start with, peace talks are urgently needed.

  • 33.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    Political bodies, local realities and institutional structures of (in-)justice2010In: Social Anthropology, ISSN 0964-0282, E-ISSN 1469-8676, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 220-224Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Review essay of Judith Butler’s Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? (Verso, 2009), Paul Ricoeur’s The Just (Chicago UP, 2000), and Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice (Harvard UP, 2009).

  • 34.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Postcoloniality and the postcolony: Theories of the global and the local1997Other (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays it is common among anthropologists to integrate history and colonialism in ethnographic writing. This can present us with a new, fruitful understanding regarding ethnicity and identity formation. However, this approach is not unchained from problems or implications. To highlight this ambiguity, the first section of the paper discusses colonial processes in relation to ethnicity and the concepts of primordialism and constructionalism. Ethnographic examples are taken from Africa as well as from India. Further, in the context of some eurocentric imaginations the second section discusses aspects of modernity and tradition, of global processes and local responses. Finally, with examples from Uganda the third section discusses what is sometimes described as the postcolonial situation par excellence in Africa: the colonial inheritance and the alienation of the state from the actual society.

  • 35.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    Reconciliation grown bitter?: War, retribution, and ritual action in northern Uganda2010In: Localizing Transitional Justice: Interventions and Priorities after Mass Violence / [ed] Rosalind Shaw and Lars Waldorf, with Pierre Hazan, Stanford: Stanford University Press , 2010, p. 135-156Chapter 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.

  • 36.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of Carolyn Nordstrom, Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004)2005In: Anthropological Quarterly, ISSN 0003-5491, E-ISSN 1534-1518, Vol. 78, no 2, p. 491-496Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of David H. Price’s Weaponizing Anthropology (Counterpunch and AK press, 2011)2012In: Anthropological Quarterly, ISSN 0003-5491, E-ISSN 1534-1518, Vol. 85, no 3, p. 979-984Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of Holly Porter's After Rape: Violence, Justice, and Social Harmony in Uganda (London: International African Institute and Cambridge University Press) 2018In: African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, ISSN 1093-2658, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 138-139Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of In Sierra Leone by Michael Jackson (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004)2006In: American Ethnologist, ISSN 0094-0496, E-ISSN 1548-1425, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 2027-2028Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    Review of Kamari Maxine Clarke’s Fictions of justice: The International Criminal Court and the challenge of legal pluralism in sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge UP, 2009)2011In: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), ISSN 1081-6976, E-ISSN 1555-2934, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 185-187Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    Review of Krijn Peter’s War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone (Cambridge UP, 2011)2012In: African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, ISSN 1093-2658, Vol. 13, no 1-2, p. 158-160Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    Review of Neil Kodesh, Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda2010In: Anthropological Quarterly, ISSN 0003-5491, E-ISSN 1534-1518, Vol. 83, no 4, p. 941-946Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of Nicolas Argenti and Katharina Schramm, eds., Remembering Violence: Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission (Berghahn Books, 2010).2013In: Social Analysis: Journal of Cultural and Social Practice, ISSN 0155-977X, E-ISSN 1558-5727, Vol. 57, no 2, p. 131-133Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of Sarah M. H. Nouwen, Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013)2016In: African Studies Quarterly: The Online Journal of African Studies, ISSN 2152-2448, E-ISSN 2152-2448, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 124-125Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Review of Susan Thomson, An Ansoms and Jude Murison, eds., Emotional and Ethical Challenges for Field Research in Africa: The story behind the findings (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)2013In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 51, no 3, p. 540-541Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Survival in war-torn Uganda2006In: Anthropology Today, ISSN 0268-540X, E-ISSN 1467-8322, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 12-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes some of the slippery but very real non-formal aspects of economic life and war in Acholiland, northern Uganda, and attempt, in the words of anthropologist Carolyn Nordstrom, ‘an ethnography of the shadows’ – that is, a description of those frontier realities of power, non-formal economic exchanges and everyday survival. Today’s war in northern Uganda, although fought locally, is international and even global in character. Worldwide flows of imagery, weaponry and humanitarian aid become entangled with local socio-political realities. In narrating a young man’s story of survival, the article shows how internally displaced people in the war zone understand and explain the fact that the international community has become increasingly and inescapably entangled with the politics and practices of this war.

  • 47.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    The tide of war and the mango trees of Uganda: on receiving the 2009 Margaret Mead Award, México, March 20102010In: Multiethnica, ISSN 0284-396X, no 32, p. 17-19Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre. Dept of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
    The tide of war and the mango trees of Uganda: The 2009 Margaret Mead Award speech2010Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
    Today he is no more: Magic, intervention, and global war in Uganda2013In: Virtual war and magical death: Technologies and imaginaries for terror and killing / [ed] Neil L. Whitehead and Sverker Finnström, Durham: Duke University Press , 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, I revisit a few months of intensive fieldwork conducted in late 2005. This fieldwork spell was part of a much longer engagement with war-torn Acholiland in northern Uganda starting in 1997 and still ongoing. But back in 2005, I could follow closely the unfolding of local news as the International Criminal Court (ICC) unsealed its arrest warrants for the leaders of the globally infamous Lord’s Resistance Army/Movement (LRA). From this horizon, I discuss the intersection of media reporting, international interventions, and violent insurgency/counterinsurgency warfare in Uganda and beyond. In sketching an ethnography that trails violent death, I will not just focus on any instrumental goal of violent acts but more on what such acts do. I thus sketch how perpetrators, victims, and witnesses of violence alike “are directed toward the ever-shifting horizons of their existence” (Kapferer), and also how such existential horizons may implode in vital conjunctures that are not only highly violent but also magical.

  • 50.
    Finnström, Sverker
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
    Uganda och den dubbelt haltande politiken2010In: Promekrati: Mellan diktatur och demokrati, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2010, p. 237-266Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I detta kapitel vill jag beskriva varför den politiska utvecklingen i Uganda, trots löften om motsatsen, tycks göra det omöjligt för ett fredligt skifte av det politiska ledarskapet. Hur har det politiska landskapet kommit att utvecklas i Uganda? Mer än tjugo år efter det installationstal till nationen i vilket gerillaledaren Yoweri Museveni definierade problemet med Ugandas ledarskap, biter han sig fast vid makten. Militären har fått permanent representation i landets parlament, och Museveni har genom åren stigit i militär grad till general samtidigt som han är landets överbefälhavare. Den revolution som han utlovade, med maktskiften genom demokratiska val i stället för statskupper och inbördeskrig, tycks ha uteblivit.

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