1st Edition

Researching Peacebuilding in Africa
Reflections on Theory, Fieldwork and Context

ISBN 9780367904111
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
254 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book examines the multifaceted nature of conflict and the importance of the socio-economic and political contexts of conflict and violence and shows how to support ongoing initiatives and programs to build sustainable peace on the African continent.

Drawing on a range of conceptual framings in the study of peace and conflict, from gender perspectives to institutionalist to decolonial perspectives, the contributors show how peacebuilding research covers a whole range of questions that go beyond concerns for post-conflict reconstruction strategies. Chapters focus on the methodological, theoretical and practical aspects of peacebuilding and provide a toolbox of perspectives for conceptualizing and doing peacebuilding research in Africa. Anchored in African-centered perspectives, the book encourages and promotes high-quality interdisciplinary research that is conflict-sensitive, historically informed, theoretically grounded and analytically sound.

This book will be of benefit to scholars, policy makers and research institutions engaged in peacebuilding in Africa.

Table of Contents


Part One: Concepts, Theories and Methodologies

1. Overview of Recent Trends In African Scholarly Writing On Peacebuilding

Festus Aubyn

2. When theory meets method: Feminist peace research in Africa and how to make the strange familiar and the familiar strange

Heidi Hudson

3. A Mission to Civilize: The Liberal Idea of Peacebuilding in Africa

Thomas Tieku

4., The Ethics of Research and Fieldwork-based in Conflict-affected Settings.

Ismail Rashid

5. The Application of Qualitative Research Methodology in African Contexts

Kenneth Omeje

6. Quantitative Research Methods in Field-Based Peacebuilding

Olayiwola Erinosho

Part Two: Case Studies

7. Understanding Complex New Wars in Africa: The Example of The Sahel

Amy Niang

8. Researching Women, Unpaid Care Work, and Peacebuilding in Darfur

Fatma Ibnouf

9. Research in a Conflict and Peacebuilding Context: Narrations from Fieldwork in Nigerian Violent Theatres.

Jimam Lar

10. Epistemological and Methodological Considerations in Peacebuilding Research – Experiences from the Borana of Ethiopia

Asebe Regassa Debelo

11. A critique of the conceptual documents that frame UN and AU practice of Peacebuilding

Norman Sempijja

12. Doing Research in the ‘Silicon Savannah’: Digital Media, Peacebuilding and Constructions of (In) Stability in Kenya

Duncan Omanga and Pamela Mainye

13. Postconflict Emotions at Home: Researching Zimbabwean Soldiers

Godfrey Maringira

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Ismail Rashid is a Professor at Vassar College, USA

Amy Niang is an Associate Professor in International Relations, Faculty of Governance, Economics and Social Sciences, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Rabat, Morocco