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Against humanity : lessons from the Lord's Resistance Army

Author: Sam Dubal
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] ©2018
Dissertation: Dissertation Revidierte Dissertation
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is not about crimes against humanity. Rather, it is an indictment of "humanity", the concept that lies at the heart of human rights and humanitarian missions. Based on fieldwork in northern Uganda, this book brings readers inside the Lord's Resistance Army, an insurgent group accused of rape, forced conscription of children, and inhumane acts of violence. The author talks with and learns from former rebels as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Hochschulschrift
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Online-Ausgabe
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Dubal
ISBN: 9780520296107 0520296109 9780520296091 0520296095
OCLC Number: 1035450375
Description: 274 Seiten
Contents: List of Acronyms ix List of Characters xi Acknowledgments xv 1. Introduction: Against Humanity 1 2. How Violence Became Inhuman: The Making of Modern Moral Sensibilities 37 3. Gorilla Warfare: Life in and Beyond the Bush 83 4. Beyond Reason: Magic and Science in the LRA 115 I nterlude: Re-Turn and Dis-Integration 147 5. Rebel Kinship beyond Humanity: Love and Belonging in the War 160 6. Rebels and Charity Cases: Politics, Ethics, and the Concept of Humanity 178 7. Conclusion: Beyond Humanity, or, How Do We Heal? 210
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"This is not about crimes against humanity. Rather, it is an indictment of "humanity", the concept that lies at the heart of human rights and humanitarian missions. Based on fieldwork in northern Uganda, this book brings readers inside the Lord's Resistance Army, an insurgent group accused of rape, forced conscription of children, and inhumane acts of violence. The author talks with and learns from former rebels as they find meaning in wartime violence, politics, spirituality, and love ... experiences that observers often place outside the boundaries of humanity. Rather than approaching the LRA as a set of possibilities, humanity looks at the LRA as a set of problems, as inhuman enemies needing reform. Humanity hegemonizes what counts as good in ways that are difficult to question or challenge. It relies on very specific notions of the good ... shaped in ideals of modern violence, technology, modernity, and reason, among others ... in ways that do violence to the common good. What emerges from this ethnography is an unorthodox question ... what would it mean to be 'against humanity'? Against Humanity provocatively asks us how to honor life existing outside normative moralities. It challenges us to shift toward alternative, more radical approaches to humanitarian, political, medical, and other interventions, rooted in anti-humanism" ... Provided by publisher

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