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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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Rebel Kinship beyond Humanity

Rebel Kinship beyond Humanity

Love and Belonging in the War

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Against Humanity

Sam Dubal

University of California Press

This chapter explores how new relations involving rebels were forged through rather than outside of or in the face of violence. These relations, which included marriages, brotherhoods and sisterhoods, clans, and other forms of love and mutual belonging, challenged “humanity” as a form of kinship and as a sentimental community. Militant kinships drew boundaries between insiders and outsiders in a way that humanity cannot except by expelling other humans from humanity. Moreover, these kinships thrived with real meaning in the fertile ground of violence, even as they were condemned from the outside as forced, enslaved, or otherwise inhuman(e). Humanity morally denied the meaning of these kinships and simultaneously drew boundaries of mutual belonging that excluded the LRA.

Keywords:   kinship, humanity, love, Lord’s Resistance Army, forced marriage, sex slavery, violence

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