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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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A Struggle for Rites

A Struggle for Rites

Masculinity, Violence, and Livelihoods in Karamoja, Uganda

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(p.132) 6 A Struggle for Rites
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Gender, Violence, and Human Security
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Elizabeth Stites

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.003.0006

This chapter explores the importance of masculinities within Karimojong society in eastern Uganda. It identifies three interlinking processes that have led to extreme insecurity in Karimojong, whose people are subject to constant cattle raids by neighboring groups. These insecurities include the erosion of the livelihoods of males and their generation-specific rites; the stagnation of customary authority system that was supposed to allow men to claim power but that no longer functioned as it was intended; and finally, the increase of violence as men sought alternative forms of status and recognition. Thus, this chapter highlights the importance of culture in creating insecurities through the ways in which society is gendered, and also points to how change impact the gendered cultures that structure men's as well as women's lives.

Keywords:   masculinity, Karimojong society, Uganda, generation-specific rites, gendered cultures

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