The 'Local Turn' in Peacebuilding: The Liberal Peace Challenged

1st Edition

Joakim Ojendal, Isabell Schierenbeck, Caroline Hughes

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January 4, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780367132750 - CAT# K407220
Series: ThirdWorlds

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Summary

Contemporary practices of international peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction are often unsatisfactory. There is now a growing awareness of the significance of local governments and local communitites as an intergrated part of peacebuilding in order to improve quality and enhance precision of interventions. In spite of this, ‘the local’ is rarely a key factor in peacebuilding, hence ‘everyday peace’ is hardly achieved. The aim of this volume is threefold: firstly it illuminates the substantial reasons for working with a more localised approach in politically volatile contexts. Secondly it consolidates a growing debate on the significance of the local in these contexts. Thirdly, it problematizes the often too swiftly used concept, ‘the local’, and critically discuss to what extent it is at all feasible to integrate this into macro-oriented and securitized contexts. This is a unique volume, tackling the ‘local turn’ of peacebuilding in a comprehensive and critical way.

This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

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