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Title:'Liberation' or Capture: Youth in between 'Hakuma', and 'Home' during Civil War and its Aftermath in Southern Sudan
Author:Leonardi, CherryISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:106
Issue:424
Period:July
Pages:391-412
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sudan
South Sudan
Subjects:youth
military recruitment
family
Military, Defense and Arms
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4496460
Abstract:Generational tension and youth crisis have been prominent themes in recent analyses of civil conflict in Africa. Field research in Southern Sudan in 2004-2006 suggests that the analysis does not fit the Sudanese war and that the situation here is more complex. This article examines a structural opposition in Southern Sudan between the sphere of military/government (the 'hakuma') and the sphere of 'home'. It argues that to be a 'youth' in Southern Sudan means to inhabit the tensions of the space between these spheres. While attempting to resist capture by either sphere, youth have used their recruitment by the military to invest in their home or family sphere. Their aspiration to 'responsibility' illustrates not generational rebellion, but the moral continuity in local society, also evident in discussions of marriage. The article first examines the background to the theme of capture of youth by the 'hakuma', and then turns to the central role of family in military recruitment and war. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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