Alicia C. Decker is an associate professor of women’s studies and African studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the coauthor, with Andrea Arrington, of Africanizing Democracies: 1980 to the Present. Her scholarly articles have appeared in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Women’s History Review, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies, among others.
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Finalist for the 2015 Aidoo-Snyder Prize
In Idi Amin’s Shadow is a rich social history examining Ugandan women’s complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship to Amin’s military state. Based on more than one hundred interviews with women who survived the regime, as well as a wide range of primary sources, this book reveals how the violence of Amin’s militarism resulted in both opportunities and challenges for women.
“In eight engaging chapters … Alicia Decker traces the complex relationship between Amin’s regime and Uganda’s women, from the early years when women hailed Amin as a liberator to the darkest period when they hoped and prayed for a Tanzanian army invasion. … The question of how Idi Amin’s regime reorganized gender norms is a crucial one for the book. Decker explores the innovations in gender performance that followed Idi Amin’s rise to power. …This is of course just one of the many rich discussion points that the book gifts the reader with. The book makes a substantial addition to the field of African History. It would work well for courses or discussions on military history, military rule in Africa, women and gender courses, feminist history, postcolonial studies, and Cold War studies.”
Canadian Journal of History