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Indigenous Peacebuilding in South Sudan Delivering Sustainable Peace Through Traditional Institutions, Customs and Practices

By Winnifred Bedigen Copyright 2023
    234 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book explores the indigenous peace cultures of the major ethnic groups in South Sudan (Dinka, Nuer, Anuak and Acholi) and analyses their contribution to resolving the civil war.

    The book utilises qualitative narrative inquiry ethnographic methods to explore the indigenous institutions and customs (customary laws, beliefs and practices) employed in resolving ethnic conflicts and argues for their application in civil war resolution. This book contributes to the decolonial literature/knowledge by discussing the subtle norms, the role of youth, women, and elders, the concepts of resilience and proximity, and their significance in peacebuilding. The book shows that for sustainable peace to happen, subtle roles and disputants' indigenous knowledge should be part of national peace negotiation strategies.

    This book will interest NGOs, students and scholars of indigenous knowledge, women, youth, conflict and peacebuilding, African Studies and Development in the Horn of Africa and sub-Sahara regions.

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    Introduction: Why indigenous peacebuilding in South Sudan?

    Chapter one: Ethnic conflicts and civil wars.

    Chapter two: Indigenous peacebuilding, peace theories and the South Sudan. justice system.

    Chapter three: Narrative inquiry.

    Chapter four: Socialising through food and etiquette of peacebuilding.

    Chapter five: Indigenous communities, institutions and peacebuilding methods.

    Chapter six: The role of youth (Monyomiji) in indigenous peacebuilding.

    Chapter seven: The role of women (Honyomiji) in indigenous peacebuilding.

    Chapter eight: Social capital, resilience and proximity in peacebuilding.

    Chapter nine: Summary and conclusion.



    Winifred Bedigen is a Teaching Fellow and Post-doc Researcher at the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK.