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Routledge Companion to Peace and Conflict Studies

ISBN 9781138742772
Published August 5, 2019 by Routledge
536 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Companion examines contemporary challenges in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) and offers practical solutions to these problems.

Bringing together chapters from new and established global scholars, the volume explores and critiques the foundations of Peace and Conflict Studies in an effort to advance the discipline in light of contemporary local and global actors.

The book examines the following eight specific components of Peace and Conflict Studies:

  • Peace and conflict studies praxis

  • Structure–agency tension as it relates to social justice, nonviolence, and relationship building

  • Gender, masculinity, and sexuality

  • The role of partnerships and allies in racial, ethnic, and religious peacebuilding

  • Culture and identity

  • Critical and emancipatory peacebuilding

  • International conflict transformation and peacebuilding

  • Global responses to conflict.

It argues that new critical and emancipatory peacebuilding and conflict transformation strategies are needed to address the complex cultural, economic, political, and social conflicts of the 21st century.

This book will be of much interest to students of peace and conflict studies, peace studies, conflict resolution, transitional justice, reconciliation studies, social justice studies, and international relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Peace and conflict studies in the 21st Century: Theory, substance, and practice Sean Byrne, Tom Matyok & Imani Michelle Scott

Part I: Peace and Conflict Studies Praxis (Theory and Practice)

1. Conflict transformation HoWon Jeong

2. Connecting theory and praxis in the peace and conflict studies field Louis Kriesberg

3. Theory-building in PACS: The storytelling methodology Jessica Senehi

4. The peacebuilding spaces of local actors Wendy Kroeker

5. Peace studies and conflict resolution Patrick G. Coy, Landon E. Hancock, and Anuj Gurung

Part II: Structure-Agency, Social Justice, Nonviolence, and Relationship Building

6. Assessing peace and conflict studies theory and practice in reconciling agency and structural sources of severe sociopolitical polarization Fred Pearson and Marie Olson Lounsbery

7. Peace education and youth: Scholarship of engagement study infusing mentorship in the arts Alexia Georgakopoulos, Charles Goesel, and Kristie Jo Redfering

8. Unproductive challenges that impede international environmental conflict intervention efforts Brian Polkinghorn and Brittany Foutz

9. Local peacebuilders’ ownership development in southeast Asia. SungYong Lee

10. Foreign peacebuilding intervention and emancipatory local agency for social justice Sean Byrne and Chuck Thiessen

Part III: Gender, Masculinity and Sexuality

11. Sex trafficking and peace: How patriarchy normalizes direct and structural violence Franke Wilmer

12. A holistic approach to addressing gender, violence, health, and peace Izzeldin Abuelaish and Paula Godoy-Ruiz

13. Peace and quiet or not-so-quiet: Gender, rurality and women’s grassroots peacebuilding Robin Neustaeter

14. Protesting vulnerability and vulnerability as protest: Gender, migration, and strategies of resistance Lisa McClean

15. Missing discourses: Recognizing disability and LGBTQ+ communities in conflict transformation Rebecca Shea-Irvine and Nancy Hansen

Part IV: Partnership and Allies in Racial, Ethinic, and Religious Peacebuilding

16. Nonviolent social movements: Advancing justice on paths to peace Jodi Dueck-Read

17. Engaging students in humanitarian action using enduring questions: A Jesuit approach Janie Leatherman and Kathryn Nantz

18. Post traumatic stress disorder and cognitive imperialism: The lost roles of male indigenous protectors and providers, and their effects on family Brian Rice

19. Religion and peaceful relations: Negotiating the sacred Nathan Funk and Yelena Gyulkhandanyan

20. Conflict intervention and reflexive evaluation Jay Rothman

Part V: Culture and Identity

21. Interactive conflict resolution, identity and culture Ronald J. Fisher

22. Identity matters: Social identity and social change Celia Cook Huffman

23. A paradigm upgrade introducing peaceology as the cultural and identity building blocks of a new peaceful world industry, beginning in Chicago Peter St. Jean

24. Peacebuilding in response to migration: From securitization to peace in the context of the crisis for migrants in Europe Gillian Wylie

25. Commissioning educators: The United Nations call to advance global peace through teaching intercultural communication Imani Michelle Scott

Part VI: Critical and Emancipatory Peacebuilding

26. Rethinking international peacebuilding Necla Tschirgi

27. Youth, peace and security: Global trends and a Colombian case study Lesley Pruitt

28. Joint civil-military interaction: A unity-of-aim method for peacebuilding Thomas Matyok and Sven Stauder

29. The paradox of complexity in peace and conflict studies: Indigenous culture, identity, and peacebuilding Paul Cormier

30. Innovations: Critical peace education and yogic peace education Katerina Standish

Part VII: International Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

31. Conflict metanarratives and peacebuilding Stephen Ryan

32. Engaging the root causes of past violence in Ireland: Ethical education for liberation Revd. Johnston McMaster and Cathy Higgins

33. Buying time in a crisis: The UN secretary general and multiplex mediation in a multipolar nuclear world Thomas E. Boudreau, and Anthony Yost

34. Human security and peacebuilding: Critical tools for operationalizing human rights in the post-cold war world Ken Christie and Robert Hanlon

35. Transforming ethnic conflict: Building peace and diversity management in divided societies Mitja Žagar

PART VIII: Global Responses to Conflict

36. And what about the African Americans? Peace and conflict studies neglect of the intractable conflict related to systemic racism in the United States Imani Michelle Scott

37. Peacebuilding techniques or praxis Stephanie Stobbe

38. Global responses to armed conflict: The menacing multidimensionality of peacebuilding under conditions of state fragility Fletcher D. Cox

39. Major processes and structures of conflict management and global governance Paul Diehl, Michael Greig and Andrew Owsiak

40. Robust peacekeeping: The most appropriate operational paradigm to address contemporary UN peacekeeping and civilian protection challenges Kofi Nsia-Pepra

41. New cloud in global security: When peace means global complex operations Yvan Yenda Ilunga


Conclusion: Critical PACS emancipated? Sean Byrne, Thomas Matyok, Imani Michelle Scott, and Jessica Senehi

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Sean Byrne is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Thomas Matyók is Director of the Air Force Negotiation Center and Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Air War College, USA.

Imani Michelle Scott is Professor of Communication at the Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.

Jessica Senehi is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict at the University of Manitoba, Canada.