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Mango trees, offices and altars: the role of relatives, non-governmental organisations and churches after rape in northern Uganda

Porter, Holly E. (2015) Mango trees, offices and altars: the role of relatives, non-governmental organisations and churches after rape in northern Uganda. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 22 (3). pp. 309-334. ISSN 1385-4879

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Identification Number: 10.1163/15718115-02203002

Abstract

This article reflects on why so many women never access justice or take advantage of available services after rape in northern Uganda. It focuses on roles of three prominent non-governmental actors: lineage-based kinship authority, churches, and nongovernmental organisations examining the parts they played after 94 instances of rape in this study and more broadly, how they have shaped notions of rape and appropriate responses to it. Evidence from this study (participant observation over three years and 187 in-depth interviews) suggests that although non-governmental organizations and churches have impacted evolution of social norms, reactions to wrongdoing are primarily decided by extended family structures, and are subject to a primary value of social harmony.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/jo...
Additional Information: ©2015 The Author.
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 16:17
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 01:51
Funders: Department for International Development, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63986

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