Christianity, Politics and the Afterlives of War in Uganda
There is Confusion
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 288
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Honorable mention, 2023 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion This open access book sheds critical light on the complex and unstable relationship between Christianity and politics, and peace and war. Drawing on long-running ethnographic fieldwork in Uganda’s largest religious communities, it maps the tensions and ironies found in the Catholic and Anglican Churches in the wake of war between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda. It shows how churches' responses to the war were enabled by their embeddedness in local communities. Yet churches' embeddedness in structures of historical violence made their attempts to nurture peace liable to compound conflict. At the heart of the book is the Acholi concept of anyobanyoba, ‘confusion’, which depicts an experienced sense of both ambivalence and uncertainty, a state of mixed-up affairs within community and an essential aspect of politics in a country characterized by the threat of state violence. Foregrounding vulnerability, the book advocates ‘confusion’ as an epistemological and ethical device, and employs it to meditate on how religious believers, as well as researchers, can cultivate hope amid memories of suffering and on-going violence. The ebook editions of this book are available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence on bloomsburycollections.com. Open access was funded by University of Jyväskylä.
Christianity, Politics and the Afterlives of War in Uganda is a significant contribution to the literature on religion and politics in Africa. Henni Alava nicely balances an openness to both the religious claims of her research subjects and the embeddedness of church structures in political realities. Highly recommended. * Todd Whitmore, Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Christian Ethics, University of Notre Dame, USA * The messiness and mundanity of life lived in the aftermath of war is the subject of Henni Alava's sensitive and insightful book. With perspicacity, she illuminates how Catholics and Anglicans in Acholiland, Uganda talk about confusion as they seek peace and observe political conflict within the institutions that offer them hope. * Emma Wild-Wood, Senior Lecturer, African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions, University of Edinburgh, UK *