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Against HumanityLessons from the Lord's Resistance Army$
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Sam Dubal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520296091

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520296091.001.0001

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How Violence Became Inhuman

How Violence Became Inhuman

The Making of Modern Moral Sensibilities

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Against Humanity

Sam Dubal

University of California Press

This chapter explores how violence and humanity bifurcated into opposites in the course of the LRA war. It examines how LRA violence was seen to violate a modern moral sensibility by disrupting modern expectations of the relationship between violence and technology, reason, time, and development. As a result, LRA violence was not only condemned as brutal, but seen to oppose both modernity and humanity. It offers alternative ways of understanding the ethics of violence, drawing on narratives of colonial violence, mob justice, “traditional” violence, and LRA violence like mutilation. It excavates ways of seeing and understanding violence outside the shadow of modern moral sensibility that splits violence and humanity.

Keywords:   violence, morality, ethics, modernity, humanity, Lord’s Resistance Army, brutality, mutilation

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