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Author: Erin Baines

Title: Forced marriage as a political project

Subtitle: Sexual rules and regulations in the Lord's Resistance Army

Journal: Journal of Peace Research

Volume: 51

Issue: 3

Year: May 2014 (Published online: March 14, 2014)

Pages: 405-417

ISSN: 0022-3433 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1460-3578 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Sudanese History | Types: Forced Marriage


Link: SAGE Journals (Restricted Access)


Author: Erin Baines, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia

Abstract: »One of the most vexing contradictions about the Uganda originated rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), is the fact that it institutionalized forced marriage on the one hand, while actively discouraging sexually immoral behavior on the other: rape, sexual violence, and promiscuity both within the group and outside it were punishable by severe beating or death. What explains this contradiction? The article suggests that in addition to maintaining discipline and control over a diverse and reluctant group, forced marriage and the regulation of sexual relations reproduced a political project of imagining a ‘new Acholi’ nation. The article draws on original data collected in focus group discussions with former commanders and wives to commanders to discuss the historical evolution of this vision, how the LRA enforced rules regarding sexual behavior, and finally, the way forced marriage implicated women and girls in the organization of power and domination in the group until it was forced from permanent bases in Sudan in 2002.« (Source: Journal of Peace Research)


  Abstract (p. 405)
  Introduction (p. 405)
  Sexual violence and forced marriage in wartime (p. 407)
  Historical background (p. 408)
  The institutionalization of forced marriage in South Sudan (p. 408)
  The new Acholi (p. 410)
  Regulation of the nation (p. 411)
  Forced marriage as survival and politics (p. 413)
  Conclusions (p. 415)
  Acknowledgements (p. 416)
  References (p. 416)

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