Exploring Peace Formation

Exploring Peace Formation : Security and Justice in Post-Colonial States

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This volume investigates the interaction of a variety of actors and institutions involved in the provision of peace, security and justice in volatile environments. It aims to take current debates about peacebuilding and statebuilding, the formation of political community, and the foundations of security and social order in conflict-affected or fragile environments further and deeper, by drawing on field research from West Africa and Oceania, but also through theoretical critique and engagement. The key debates in peacebuilding and statebuilding relate to concepts, practices and critiques of the `liberal peace'. The combination, explored in this volume, of studies of people's efforts to construct social order or secure themselves, and engagement with ideas of the `liberal peace' and some of its prominent critiques - particularly `hybridity' and `the local' - provide a basis for deepening understanding of and insight relevant to working with questions of peace, security and justice in fragile environments. While not a comparative study, by drawing on empirical cases from geographically distinct regions, the discussion enables a focus on shared themes while respecting and exploring contextual specificity. Moreover, by presenting cases from both Africa and Oceania, the chapters counter the view of Africa as both generic and unique, or peculiarly generative of disorder and irrationality. This volume makes a fresh contribution to one of the most important debates in peace and conflict studies to date. This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, statebuilding, peace studies, security studies and IR.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138999369
  • 9781138999367

About Kwesi Aning

Charles T. Hunt is a Lecturer in International Security in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia. He is editor or author of three books, including most recently Peace Operations and International Policing (Routledge 2014). M. Anne Brown is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia. She is author or editor of two books. Kwesi Aning is Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Seeking Peace in West Africa and Oceania, New Directions Exploring Peace Formation, M. Anne Brown and Kwesi Aning Part 1: Concepts and Thematic Treatments 2. Challenging conventional understandings of statehood, based on West African realities, Kwesi Aning and Festus Aubyn 3. Working with `Illiberal' sources of peace and order - talking about human rights, M. Anne Brown 4. What to do with informal security and justice: the African states' dilemma, Bruce Baker 5. Predatory, Parasitic or Mutualistic Symbiosis? Revealing the nature of relational emergent governance, Charles T. Hunt 6. Interrogating the Gendered Dimensions of Hybrid Political Order in West Africa, Nancy Annan Part II: Geographical Case Studies 7. Hybridity and expressions of power, legitimacy, justice and security provision in Ghana, Kwesi Aning, Nancy Annan, Fiifi Edu-Afful 8. Exploring hybridity in a West African state: The Case of Liberia, Thomas Jaye 9. An End-User Perspective on Security and Justice Provision in Sierra Leone, Lisa Denney 10. The international-local interface in peacebuilding: the Bougainville case, Volker Boege 11. Customary conflict resolution in a state environment - cases from Vanuatu, Volker Boege and Miranda Forsyth 12. Hybridisation of peace, security and justice: cases from West Africa and Oceania, Volker Boege 13. Conclusion, M. Anne Brown and Kwesi Aningshow more