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One man’s meat is another man’s poison: Marungi and realities of resilience in North West Uganda

Storer, Liz, Anguyo, Innocent and Odda, Anthony (2022) One man’s meat is another man’s poison: Marungi and realities of resilience in North West Uganda. Civil Wars. ISSN 1369-8249

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13698249.2022.2031440

Abstract

Approaches to resilience in post-war contexts prioritise systems-based thinking above everyday realities. This paper explores reconstruction through marungi (khat) in North-West Uganda. Presenting ethnographic evidence, we chart connections between marungi and resilience among growers, traders and “eaters”. Firstly, we argue for a consideration of the actual resources through which individuals and households build capacity to withstand shocks following war. Secondly, we explore inequities within production lines and the effects of criminalising khat, to demonstrate trade-offs within prospects for post-war prosperity. Ultimately, we argue for process-based analyses of how resilience is negotiated in contingent circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fciv20
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 16:51
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 12:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113536

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