This book discusses the phenomenon of militarization in post-1986 Uganda. It takes a holistic approach to connect different facets of militarization: the social and political; the macro and micro levels; the disguised and explicit forms. On one hand, the author illustrates that the military remains a crucial factor of political processes while on the other showing how military ethos such as uniform and training are a source of symbolic capital in both politics and social spheres. Ultimately, the book shows that militarization is a bi-directional process - macro politics facilitating it from above, while social forces such as ordinary people, media, and musicians reproduce it from below.
Jude Kagoro is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funded project, "Policing Africa", hosted by the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), Bremen University, Germany.