Ker Kwaro Acholi
: a re-invention of traditional authority in northern Uganda

  • Clare Rachel Paine

Traethawd ymchwil myfyriwr: Traethawd Ymchwil MeistrMeistr mewn Athroniaeth


Summary: In this thesis I examine the ‘revival’ of Ker Kwaro Acholi – the widely recognised traditional cultural institution in Acholiland, northern Uganda. I illustrate the ways that its emergence over the past decade has been shaped by dominant discourses at local, national and international levels, concluding that Ker Kwaro Acholi is an ambiguous entity that functions as a new power base in the political landscape of Acholiland.

The thesis challenges common perceptions that often reduce Ker Kwaro Acholi to a council of traditional chiefs and offers a more nuanced picture that reveals the complexities of Ker Kwaro Acholi. I argue that the process of Ker Kwaro Acholi’s ‘revival’ has been a strategic project of crafting images of the institution that appeal to powerful discourses, and that these images have served to obscure inherently political agendas of Ker Kwaro Acholi’s central actors.

As a result of my study not only is there evident need to reject pervasive uncritical understandings of Ker Kwaro Acholi and to recognise Ker Kwaro Acholi’s potential for fuelling further conflict and upholding a patriarchal and disciplinary regime in Acholiland, but also to further question the collaborative and facilitating role western donors have continually played throughout Ker Kwaro Acholi’s revival
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  • Prifysgol Aberystwyth
NoddwyrEconomic and Social Research Council
GoruchwyliwrMichael Foley (Goruchwylydd), Richard John Alex Ruben Rathbone (Goruchwylydd) & Hidemi Suganami (Goruchwylydd)

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