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Transitional justice and political economies of survival in post-conflict northern Uganda

Macdonald, Anna (2017) Transitional justice and political economies of survival in post-conflict northern Uganda. Development and Change, 48 (2). pp. 286-311. ISSN 0012-155X

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This article explores the interplay between transitional justice and ‘everyday’ political economies of survival in post-conflict Acholiland, northern Uganda. It advances two main arguments. First, that transitional justice — as part and parcel of conventional liberal peacebuilding packages — promotes a repertoire of normatively driven policies that have little bearing on lived realities of social accountability in post-conflict settings. Second, that in transcending the epistemological and ontological boundaries of transitional justice and using concepts developed in the critical peacebuilding literature — the ‘everyday’ and ‘hybridity’ — a nuanced understanding of this dissonance emerges. Based on extensive fieldwork in Acholiland in the period 2012–14, using a range of qualitative research methods, the author examines the means through which people negotiate social and moral order in the context of post-conflict life and analyses the tensions between these forms of ‘everyday’ activity and current transitional justice policy and programming in the region.

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Additional Information: © 2017 International Institute of Social Studies
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 16:12
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2020 02:26
Projects: PO5729
Funders: Department for International Development

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