A lost generation? Kony, conflict, and the cultural impacts in northern Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Westfall, David W.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-08T17:06:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-08T17:06:21Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/38176
dc.description.abstract For over two decades the people of northern Uganda endured horrific atrocities during Africa’s forgotten war in the form of attacks and child abductions by the Lord’s Resistance Army, animal rustling by neighboring ethnic groups, and internal displacement of an unimaginable 90 percent of the northern parts of the country. With the majority of internally displaced persons spending over a decade in IDP camps, an entire generation of Acholi was socialized and acculturated in a non-traditional environment. A decade after the last LRA attack, I ask, what are the cultural impacts of the conflict and how has the culture recovered from the trauma. Using ethnographic analysis, this dissertation is rooted in over 150 interviews. While it has been presented to the world at large that Joseph Kony’s LRA is the one of the biggest problems facing the region, I found it is not the case. Interviewees discussed serious inadequacies in education, land conflict, culture loss, climate change, drought, famine, a perceived generational divide, and a strong distrust of the Ugandan government. Additionally this research examines the case of Uganda through the lens of, and attempts to build upon, Jeffrey Alexander’s cultural trauma process. I argue the increasing reach and instantaneous nature of social media can interact with, alter, and prolong the trauma process. The externalization of defining a problem and solutions for that problem while the trauma process is occurring, or shortly after the trauma has subsided, can lead to retraumatization. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Uganda en_US
dc.subject Lord's Resistance Army en_US
dc.title A lost generation? Kony, conflict, and the cultural impacts in northern Uganda en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Gerad D. Middendorf en_US
dc.date.published 2017 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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