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The ‘marketplace of post-conflict assistance’ in northern Uganda and beyond

Williams, Lars Hedegaard and Schulz, Philipp (2022) The ‘marketplace of post-conflict assistance’ in northern Uganda and beyond. Disasters, 46 (3). 633 - 653. ISSN 0361-3666

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Identification Number: 10.1111/disa.12493

Abstract

This paper puts forward the framework of the ‘marketplace of post-conflict assistance’ as a conceptual, analytical, and heuristic tool to comprehend better holistic dynamics in humanitarian and post-conflict contexts, where a variety of different actors offer various services and forms of assistance. It seeks to emphasise relations and interactions between service providers and intended beneficiaries in settings where there are often numerous different ways to conceptualise and manage problems stemming from armed conflict. This is demonstrated using one in-depth case study of a family in northern Uganda that has struggled for years with mental illness/spiritual problems. By framing the post-conflict space using the marketplace metaphor, it is possible to deepen understanding of how people try out different options to manage issues related to warfare and seek healing. Importantly, this framework also recognises the agency that people exercise in doing so, and how communities and service providers relate to each other.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14677717
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: IGA: Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2022 12:24
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 12:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114455

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