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The Acholi of Northern Uganda and Invisible Children, Inc. Bodies in Pain, Misrepresentation, and the Construction of "Africa" within American Imaginaries

  • Author(s): Dick, Laura
  • Advisor(s): Roberts, Allen F.
  • et al.
Abstract

Part One of this thesis explores how the non-profit organization Invisible Children, Inc. misrepresented the conflict between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Acholi victims in Northern Uganda. This analysis of misrepresentation within the organization's films and ephemera was mainly concerned around the historical evidence and deliberate silencing of opposing opinions. Part Two illustrates how the use of pain can be employed as props in the American portrayal of "Africa", and how this portrayal can be, in turn, used to further subjugate the "idea of Africa" in American imaginaries, subsequently reinforcing Western hierarchy.

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