- Conflict legacies
- Understanding youth’s post-peace agreement practices in Yumbe, north-western Uganda
M.E. de Bruijn
- Award date
- 21 June 2017
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
A dissertation about research in Yumbe District in north-western Uganda is likely to start with reference to the ruins that are found scattered across Yumbe’s landscape, and by narrating past episodes of violence. These physical legacies that stem from the time of Amin’s presidency in the 1970s (a time in which many men from the region fought alongside Amin, for which the population was later collectively punished) are powerful and speak to the imagination. However, they are not innocent images that circulate. They risk reinforcing the stereotypes that have so long dominated the image of the region and its people as violent, the roots of which go much farther back in time, to colonial and pre-colonial times. In this dissertation, I question the legacies of decades of conflict for the younger generation in Yumbe. I have looked at how young people (age 20 to 35) who themselves grew up in times of conflict—now engage with this particular past and with the peace that was signed in Yumbe in 2002. The ruins are an important reference point for the younger generation who grew up next to such ruins and now pose proudly in front of the dilapidated buildings when they take their own pictures.
The results of this ethnographic research lay bare intricate dynamics and show, through a focus on young people’s practices, how legacies of conflict still operate in present-day Yumbe’s social, economic, and political fabric.
Thesis (complete) (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
Acknowledgements (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
Introduction (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
1. Accessing pasts in the present: Methodological reflections (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
2. Histories of violence and conflict (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
3. ‘It appears as if we are still in the bush’: Recurrent experiences of conflict at the margins of Yumbe district (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
4. ‘The president is going to rebuild this house for my father’: Legacies of militarism and pending promises (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
5. ‘Stronger than mahogany’: ‘Aringa identity’ and social imagination from the perspective of male youths (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
6. ‘It is peace-creating’: Local reflections on khat use and dealing with negative emotions (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
7. ‘Running to Juba’: Young people navigating decisive moments and perilous regional opportunities (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
Discussion and conclusion: Youth and the legacies of conflict (Embargo up to and including 21 June 2019)
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