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Captive Wives or Conjugal Slaves? The Slavery-Marriage Nexus in Northern Uganda since the Mid-Nineteenth Century



Seymour, Eleanor;

Apio, Eunice;

Rossi, Benedetta;

(2022)

Captive Wives or Conjugal Slaves? The Slavery-Marriage Nexus in Northern Uganda since the Mid-Nineteenth Century.

Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies
, 43
(2)

pp. 414-443.

10.1080/0144039X.2022.2063237.

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    Abstract

    This article examines transformations in the marriage-slavery nexus in Northern Uganda from the late nineteenth century to the present. By historicising the forced marriage of abducted girls in the Lord’s Resistance Army, the article contributes to explaining why the interpretation of these circumstances has been so disputed in Uganda and internationally. It starts by examining different interpretations of the relationship between Dominic Ongwen and his forced wives. The Ongwen case is then contextualised in the history of female captivity and conjugal violence in Lango and Acholi societies. It is argued that enslavement in the form of wartime captivity was not irreconcilable with marriage in Northern Uganda in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and that this history influences contemporary Lango and Acholi perceptions of these phenomena

    Type: Article

    Title: Captive Wives or Conjugal Slaves? The Slavery-Marriage Nexus in Northern Uganda since the Mid-Nineteenth Century
    Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
    DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2022.2063237
    Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2022.2063237
    Language: English
    Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
    License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
    Keywords: Uganda, Sudan, Lord’s Resistance Army, Dominic Ongwen, conjugal slavery, forced marriage, historicizing female captivity
    UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
    UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
    UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
    UCL
    URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10150699

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