Summary Living with Bad Surroundings War, History, and Everyday Moments in Northern Uganda

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ISBN-10 0822388790 ISBN-13 9780822388791
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Summary - Living with Bad Surroundings War, History, and Everyday Moments in Northern Uganda

  • 1.1 The place of many hippos (29)

  • Picture of a European carried by 4 Africans with his trusty dog running besides him described as 'painful' by the African Tonny. Former views of Africans were very harsh ('savage, uncivilized brutes').
  • 1.2 Culture in the making (30)

  • "In the effort to sketch the background to today's developments in northern Uganda, the chapter explores the connection between European imperialism and racist ideology" 

  • Culture and ethnic identity are created and recreated on a daily basis, based on belonging of people, so splitting up the world in pre-modern/traditional and modern is irrelevant.

  • 1.3 Themes in Acholi ethnography (32)

  • Acholi is considered as a distinct ethnic group with a hierarchy of its own, instead of focusing on Uganda ethnicity

  • Crops and cattle are very important, but are often destroyed by any of the fighting forces

  • 1.4 The greater scheme of scholarly classification (36)

  • Acholi very often identify themselves as Luo, but also they also identify themselves as Acholi, Ugandan or African

  • 1.5 Colonial truths (37)

  • The Acholi identity was created by the colonial rulers with their term 'tribe'.
  • Colonialists seized control over African markets by their cheap goods of mass production. This way, Africans couldn't do much anymore on this market with their own products.

  • Localized Acholi myths and history were systematized, standardized and printed for coherence in Acholiland

  • Comparisons were made between centralized and lack of centralized authority, the latter of which is also referred to as lack of government. 'Lack of' is an important thing over there.

  • 1.6 Collaboration and contest (41)

  • Pre-colonial chiefs were replaced by 60 aristocratic (kal) chiefs, also known as 'oiled chiefs'.

  • As protest against the colonial rulers' control, pasts were reconstructed as a way to oppose these.

  • People also got the opportunity for education. This could be used both for and against the colonial rulers. The chiefs who were appointed through this education became known as elders of the government/'lupito pa gamente' or chiefs of the pen/'rwodi kalam', instead of chiefs ritually appointed with shea butter oil/'rwodi moo'. The new chiefs were less able to make rain, as their subjects wanted, but commented that these lazy subjects needed to learn that the government was good for them.

  • Political alliances were made

  • As Uganda became independent, a lot of people wanted an Acholi government/chief/king

  • The chief of the Payira of the party Uganda National Congress became chief of Acholi, with some Acholi disliking it

  • 1.7 Maps, myths, and storytelling (46)

  • African history began BEFORE the colonial era, even though there are no written records

  • There is a myth, though, that tells the story of Acholi's origin

  • 1.8 To restore lost relationships (49)

  • The splitting of two brothers/people is not definitive and the people vouch peace and restoring of lost relationships, as reaction on this myth

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