From Pacification to Peacebuilding

From Pacification to Peacebuilding : A Call to Global Transformation

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Does conflict transformation work? Diana Francis reviews developments in the field over the past twenty years. She recognises that it has helped those engulfed in violent conflict to respond constructively, but also warns that the real requirement for peace is a global rejection of militarism. In an original and radical analysis, Francis argues that the dominant culture of power, resting on coercion and violence, must be displaced by the principles of interdependence, kindness and nonviolent solidarity. This is the only way that pacification - efforts to dominate and control - will be replaced by genuine peacebuilding. She calls upon peacemakers worldwide to embrace and develop the practice of nonviolent power, rejecting the culture and institutions of war and working with movements around the world for global demilitarisation and 'positive peace'.show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 137.16 x 218.44 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745330274
  • 9780745330273

About Diana Francis

Diana Francis has been described as one of the most experienced practitioners of conflict resolution. She is a former President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and Chair of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support. Her previous books, People, Peace and Power and Rethinking War and Peace are published by Pluto Press.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1. Vision And Engagement 2. Ongoing Development 3. Dilemmas And Limitations 4. Peacebuilding And Pacification 5. Caught In Two Systems: Co-Option Or 6. Building The Praxis Of Nonviolence 7. Challenging The System 8. Agenda For Humanity Bibliography Indexshow more

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... a timely and welcome contribution to an emerging literature which insists on a concept and practice of peace making that is liberating and empowering. -- Professor, Tom Woodhouse, Adam Curle Chair in Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford Diana Francis reminds us of the values and energy that prompt the best in us, which get lost in settling for expectations like pacification rather than peace. If conflict transformation is itself to be transformed and flourish, it will be along the lines she urges here. -- Sue Williams, Director, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University, USA In this visionary analysis Diana Francis offers a practical route out of the brutal cycle of war and violence, which breaks with the sterile ineffectuality of top down approaches. She puts the power where it can really make the difference: with the people. -- Kate Hudson, Chair of CND, the UK's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Diana Francis has done it again - another practical book mapping the road from peaceful aspirations to peaceful reality. -- Bruce Kent, Founding Chair and Vice President of the Movement for the Abolition of War. This latest book is a timely and welcome contribution to an emerging literature which insists on a concept and practice of peace making that is liberating and empowering and that is inspired by the qualities of good analysis, imagination and optimism that characterise the work of this outstanding theorist and activist. -- Professor Tom Woodhouse, Adam Curle Chair in Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford Diana Francis's profound reflections on the conflict transformation field will be an inspiration to aspiring peace workers everywhere. -- Professor Hugh Miall, Professor of International Relations, University of Kent. 'Diana Francis raises questions that challenge and ensures that questions of values (and morality) are never allowed to sink beneath the weight of policy and programme imperatives.' -- Professor Andrew Rigby, Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, University of Coventry. Diana Francis is a giant in this field, combining personal passion and commitment with a strong theoretical and academic grounding. ...In this book raises and touches on key dilemmas and current debates, which Diana is often publicly at the forefront of addressing. Drawing this material together coherently, the book offers ... a path and guide to exploring where we could go next. -- Catherine Sexton, Chief Executive, Responding To Conflict (RTC) If you are worried about the gap between the promise of nonviolent conflict transformation and what is happening on the ground in different conflict zones, then this is the book for you. Diana Francis argues persuasively that peacebuilding and conflict resolution have been co-opted by donors and governments and have thereby lost their radical edge. ... A must read book for the 21st century. -- Kevin P Clements, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Secretary General International Peace Research Association, University of Otago The so-called 'peace operations' that are proliferating around the world look increasingly like wars. Diana Francis challenges collusion with this military imposition of 'order' and makes a radical re-statement of grass-roots peacebuilding and conflict transformation as an emancipatory praxis. -- Howard Clark, Chairperson, War Resisters' Internationalshow more

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