Peacebuilding and Friction : Global and Local Encounters in Post Conflict-Societies
Building a sustainable peace after violent conflict is a process that entails competing ideas, political contestation and transformation of power relations. This volume develops the concept of `friction' to better analyse the interplay between global ideas, actors, and practices, and their local counterparts. The chapters examine efforts undertaken to promote sustainable peace in a variety of locations, such as Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone. These case analyses provide a nuanced understanding not simply of local processes, or of the hybrid or mixed agencies, ideas, and processes that are generated, but of the complex interactions that unfold between all of these elements in the context of peacebuilding intervention. The analyses demonstrate how the ambivalent relationship between global and local actors leads to unintended and sometimes counterproductive results of peacebuilding interventions. The approach of this book, with its focus on friction as a conceptual tool, advances the peacebuilding research agenda and adds to two ongoing debates in the peacebuilding field; the debate on hybridity, and the debate on local agency and local ownership. In analysing frictional encounters this volume prepares the ground for a better understanding of the mixed impact peace initiatives have on post-conflict societies.
This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, security studies, and international relations in general.
- Hardback | 222 pages
- 159 x 235 x 20.32mm | 476g
- 18 Mar 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 1 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white
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`For some time, debates on international efforts to build peace have been stuck in an intellectual quagmire around "hybrid" political orders. This volume is the first to break out of this now stale debate to offer new conceptual and evidence-oriented analysis of peacebuilding with a fresh conceptual approach of "friction". In studies of key cases such as Afghanistan, Cambodia and Timor-Leste, combined with insightful thematic analysis of transitional justice and civil society, the contributors to this excellent volume provide a significant new contribution to the peacebuilding field.' -- Timothy Sisk, University of Denver, USA
`This interesting and very useful book combines theoretical and empirical analyses of post-conflict peacebuilding to advance our understanding of local ownership and hybridity. It accounts for the complexity of global and local efforts with a nuanced and fresh lens. A must read!' -- Thania Paffenholz, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
About Willemijn Verkoren
Kristine Hoeglund is Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden and is co-editor of Understanding Peace Research (2011, Routledge).
Gearoid Millar is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, UK, and author of An Ethnographic Approach to Peacebuilding (2014, Routledge).
Jair van der Lijn is Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden.
Willemijn Verkoren is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.