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Author Decker, Alicia C., author

Title In Idi Amin's shadow : women, gender, and militarism in Uganda / Alicia C. Decker
Published Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 244 pages) : illustrations, map
Series New African Histories
New African histories series.
Contents Introduction: in search of Amin's women -- Violence, militarism, and masculinity: the making of Idi Amin -- Gender, performance, and pain: the rise of Amin's dictatorship -- Of miniskirts and morality: femininity in service of the state -- An accidental liberation: women on the front lines of the economic war -- Neither a privilege nor a curse: women and the politics of empowerment -- Widows without graves: disappearance and the politics of invisibility -- Violence in the shadows: gender and the collapse of the military state -- Militant motherhood: women on the front lines of the liberation war -- Conclusion: gendered legacies of Amin's militarism
Summary In Idi Amin;s Shadow is a rich social history examining Ugandan women's complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship to Amin's military state. Based on more than one hundred interviews with women who survived the regime, as well as a wide range of primary sources, this book reveals how the violence of Amin's militarism resulted in both opportunities and challenges for women. Some assumed positions of political power or became successful entrepreneurs, while others endured sexual assault or experienced the trauma of watching their brothers, husbands, or sons "disappeared" by the state's security forces. In Idi Amin's Shadow considers the crucial ways that gender informed and was informed by the ideology and practice of militarism in this period. By exploring this relationship, Alicia C. Decker offers a nuanced interpretation of Amin's Uganda and the lives of the women who experienced and survived its violence. Each chapter begins with the story of one woman whose experience illuminates some larger theme of the book. In this way, it becomes clear that the politics of military rule were highly relevant to women and gender relations, just as the politics of gender were central to militarism. By drawing upon critical security studies, feminist studies, and violence studies, Decker demonstrates that Amin's dictatorship was far more complex and his rule much more strategic than most observers have ever
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221- 235) and index
Subject Amin, Idi, 1925-2003 -- Political and social views.
Militarism -- Uganda.
Sex role -- Uganda.
Violence -- Uganda -- History -- 20th century.
Women and the military -- Uganda.
Women and war -- Uganda.
Women -- Uganda -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Uganda -- Social conditions -- 1971-1979.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821445022 (electronic bk.)
9780821445020 (electronic bk.)