Peace Psychology Book Series

Community Resilience to Sectarian Violence in Baghdad

Authors: Carpenter, Ami C.

  • Occupies a niche that is novel in peace literature
  • Looks at violence and conflict escalation on the community level
  • Highlights the need for “neighborhood-level” analyses of urban violence
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About this book

The recent conflict in Iraq evolved from an insurgency against the interim U.S. led government (the Coalition Provisional Authority or CPA) into a sectarian civil war. Violence became widespread, especially in areas of Baghdad City such as Sadr City, Al Amiriyah, and Al Adhamiya. However, a number of multiethnic neighborhoods in Baghdad successfully prevented sectarian attitudes and behaviors from taking hold. Four communities stand out in their self-organization to prevent the escalation of violence. This book looks at what makes these communities different from other areas within Baghdad. In-depth interviews in Sunni-dominant, Shia-dominant and Mixed neighborhoods generated a few key insights about conflict-resilience, or the capacity to prevent structural changes associated with conflict escalation. Key factors turned out to be the organization of non-sectarian self-defense groups, place attachment, collective efficacy, active intervention to de-escalate tensions, and also the presence of local religious leaders who forbid sectarian attacks. The continuity or strength of interpersonal relationships supported by the integrated physical structure of these neighborhoods and internal versus tribal conflict resolution mechanisms played a role as well. This volume examines the characteristics of the communities that have successfully prevented the rise of violence, and how they are able to maintain qualities of resilience to violent conflict.

About the authors

Ami Carpenter is an Assistant Professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at University of San Diego. Her research focuses on community resilience to violence, and the criminal dimensions of political conflicts. Area studies have included research in Iraq, Guatemala, the United States, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe. Dr. Carpenter works on numerous initiatives as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and conflict resolution consultant. She served as a Fulbright Specialist to assist the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) in Zimbabwe to set up the country’s first academic program in peace and conflict studies. Currently, she is researching vulnerability and resilience to violent conflict in Iraqi, Guatemalan, and US communities, including engagement strategies with transnational gangs and criminal networks in Central America.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Carpenter, Ami C.

    Pages 1-21

  • Violence and Extremism: Sources of Sectarian Violence in Baghdad

    Carpenter, Ami C.

    Pages 23-39

  • Conflict Drivers

    Carpenter, Ami C.

    Pages 41-52

  • Conflict Escalation: The Sharpening of Sectarian Identity

    Carpenter, Ami C.

    Pages 53-62

  • Resilience: Conceptual Foundations

    Carpenter, Ami C.

    Pages 63-80

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-5473-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Community Resilience to Sectarian Violence in Baghdad
Authors
Series Title
Peace Psychology Book Series
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8812-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8812-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8811-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5473-5
Series ISSN
2197-5779
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 156
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 illustrations in colour
Topics