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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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Interlude

Interlude

Re-Turn and Dis-Integration

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(p.147) Interlude
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Against Humanity
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Sam Dubal

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520296091.003.0005

The interlude attends to the concept of “reintegration,” or demobilization, whereby LRA rebels leaving the frontlines were to be reformed to live in peace among civilians. It highlights the ways in which civilians and NGO workers conceptualized rebels as animals needing to be humanized and the ways in which rebels, in turn, resisted this disciplinary process. It shows that rebels did not want or need to have their heads “repaired.” Rather, it was civilians for whom “reintegration” was ritually healing, allowing them to heal their own sicknesses by projecting them onto rebels. Whereas reintegration offered to cleanse rebels through the pure concept of “humanity,” the interlude acts as a dirtying process of dis-integration, rejecting the healing offered by “humanity.”

Keywords:   reintegration, demobilization, peace, humanity, purity, dirt, Lord’s Resistance Army

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