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Against Humanity: Lessons From the Lord's Resistance Army

Sam Dubal
Format
Book
Published
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
Language
English
ISBN
9780520296091, 0520296095, 9780520296107, 0520296109, 9780520968752
Summary
"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"--
Contents
  • Introduction : against humanity
  • How violence became inhuman : the making of modern moral sensibilities
  • Gorilla warfare : life in and beyond the bush
  • Beyond reason : magic and science in the LRA
  • Interlude : Re-turn and dis-integration
  • Rebel kinship beyond humanity : love and belonging in the war
  • Rebels and charity cases : politics, ethics, and the concept of humanity
  • Conclusion : beyond humanity, or how do we heal?
Description
xix, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-268) and index.
Technical Details
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