Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation : Peace, Space and Place
By focusing on the case studies of Cyprus, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and South Africa, the book provides a spatial reading of agency in peacebuilding contexts. It conceptualises peacebuilding agency in post-conflict landscapes as situated between place (material locality) and space (the imaginary counterpart of place), analysing the ways in which peacebuilding agency can be read as a spatial practice. Investigating a number of post-conflict cases, this book outlines infrastructures of power and agency as they are manifested in spatial practice. It demonstrates how spatial agency can take the form of conflict and exclusion on the one hand, but also of transformation towards peace over time on the other hand. Against this background, the book argues that agency drives place-making and space-making processes. Therefore, transformative processes in post-conflict societies can be understood as materialising through the active use and transformation of space and place.
This book will be of interest to students of peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, human geography and IR in general.
- Hardback | 150 pages
- 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 467g
- 26 May 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 6 Halftones, black and white
Other books in this series
19 Sep 2016
23 Jul 2015
31 Jul 2014
24 Apr 2015
25 Jul 2013
Table of contents
Introduction: Space, Place and Agency: Mapping Peace Across Sites
1. Space, place and agency
2. Cyprus: Contesting the Island
3. Kosovo: Emplacing the State and Peace(s)
4. Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Ethnic Peace
5. Northern Ireland: The "Maze of Peace"
6. South Africa: Perpetuating Spatial Apartheid?
Conclusion: Reading the Politics of Peace and Conflict Spatially
'Annika Bjoerkdahl and Stefanie Kappler have made me look at the rebuilt historic bridge in Mostar afresh, so I now can see that it is a place that has been turned into a space for stoking on-going distrust. This book also, though, shows how even modest physical places can be transformed, by commitment and creativity, into spaces where post-war tensions can be reduced.' -- Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA
About Stefanie Kappler
Stefanie Kappler is Lecturer in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, Durham University, UK, and is author of Local Agency and Peacebuilding (2014).