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Post-Conflict Studies An Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited By Chip Gagnon, Keith Brown Copyright 2014
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This book examines how the violence of conflict is transformed in the post-conflict period.

    Post-conflict studies seek to illuminate, theorise, and narrate the processes by which societies transition from periods of overt and violent conflict to periods of relative stability and peace. Most of the research carried out on post-conflict societies has taken place within disciplinary bounds. In contrast, this volume breaches those boundaries; though each author is grounded in a particular discipline, the chapters have been written in a spirit of interdisciplinarity.

    The focus of the volume is how the violence of conflict is transformed in the post-conflict period into processes that the editors have categorised as criminalisation, medicalisation and missionisation. Comprised of essays written by a diverse group of scholars and activists from anthropology, political science, international relations, law, education, religion, and military history, each section of the book looks at the concept of post-conflict in a way that problematises its common usage and highlights the importance of strongly interdisciplinary research into post-conflict societies.

    This book will be of interest to students of war and conflict studies, peace studies, security studies and IR in general.

    Foreword, Peter Katzenstein 1. Introduction, Chip Gagnon, Stefan Senders and Keith Brown Section 1: The Post-Conflict concept 2. The origins of "post-conflict", Aida Hozić 3. Reconsidering ‘post-conflict’ in the American way of war tradition: A short conceptual History, Colonel Isaiah (Ike) Wilson III Section 2: Recasting Mission Introduction to Section 2, Chip Gagnon 4. Democracy promotion as mission, Chip Gagnon 5. Accompaniment as mission: A successful model from Colombia, Kim Marie Lamberty 6. Gender, security, and religious freedom in post-conflict societies, Evelyn Bush Section 3: Criminalization Introduction to Section 3, Keith Brown 7. Post-conflict justice enclaves: The development of a war crimes justice model following the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chris Engels 8. Unknowing the other: A short essay on criminalization through narrative in postwar El Salvador, Ellen Moodie Section 4: Reflections on Post-Conflict as Practice Introduction to Section 4, Keith Brown 9. Post-colonial subjectivities in the post-conflict aid triangle: The drama of educational missionization in the Thai-Burma borderlands, Rosalie Metro 10. The sum of tiny things: Civil society, democracy promotion and The Ugly American in Macedonia, 1995-2004, Keith Brown 11. Social scientists in post-war contexts: Bridging the gap between reflection and action, Elton Skendaj 12. Conclusion: Toward a field of post-conflict studies, Keith Brown and Chip Gagnon


    Chip Gagnon is Associate Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, USA.

    Keith Brown is Professor (Research) of International Studies and Director of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, Brown University, USA.