Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Buried in the Heart
Women, Complex Victimhood and the War in Northern Uganda

$122.00 (C)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Author: Erin Baines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Juliane Okot Bitek
View all contributors
  • Date Published: November 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107137127

$ 122.00 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • In Buried in the Heart, Erin Baines explores the political agency of women abducted as children by the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda, forced to marry its commanders, and to bear their children. Introducing the concept of complex victimhood, she argues that abducted women were not passive victims, but navigated complex social and political worlds that were life inside the violent armed group. Exploring the life stories of thirty women, Baines considers the possibilities of storytelling to reclaim one's sense of self and relations to others, and to generate political judgement after mass violence. Buried in the Heart moves beyond victim and perpetrator frameworks prevalent in the field of transitional justice, shifting the attention to stories of living through mass violence and the possibilities of remaking communities after it. The book contributes to an overlooked aspect of international justice: women's political agency during wartime.

    • Featuring analysis of thirty women who spent time in the Lord's Resistance Army, the book conceptualizes complex victimhood
    • Reconsiders responsibility and judgment to move beyond the victim-perpetrator binary in transitional justice
    • Introduces concepts of politics as relational and political agency in settings of extreme coercion
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Buried in the Heart is essential reading for scholars of the Ugandan case and practitioners in the Uganda context. Moreover, the book will be of considerable interest and benefit to scholas and practitioners in the broader field of gender, conflict, and transitional justice.' Catherine O’Rourke, Gender & Development

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107137127
    • length: 178 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    1. Introduction
    2. The new Acholi
    3. The originals
    4. Grandmother
    5. Seven stories
    6. Conclusions
    Light Juliane Okot Bitek

  • Author

    Erin Baines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Erin Baines is an Associate Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. Her publications include Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis (2004) and the life history of a woman who spent eleven years inside the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my Life from the Lord's Resistance Army (2015). She has published articles on gender, responsibility and transitional justice, DDR, social repair, symbolic violence and forced marriage in the Journal of Peace Research, the International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ), African Affairs, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of Human Rights.


    Juliane Okot Bitek

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.