Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Visions of Peace of Professional Peace Workers

The Peaces We Build

Authors: van Iterson Scholten, Gijsbert

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  • Provides an empirical account of how military, governmental and civil society peace workers define the peaces they work on
  • Develops a four-dimensional model to compare different concepts of peace
  • Puts the idea of a liberal peace consensus to an empirical test – which it fails
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This book explores the meaning of peace according to (some of) the people who make it. Based on some 200 interviews, it empirically studies the visions of peace that professional peaceworkers from the Netherlands, Lebanon and Mindanao (Philippines) are working on. As such, it seeks to add a strong empirical element to the debate on liberal peacebuilding. The main argument of the book is that amongst practitioners, there is no liberal peace consensus at all. Rather, peace professionals work on a distinct set of peaces, that differ along four dimensions. In five case study chapters, the operational visions of peace held by Dutch military officers, diplomats and civil society peace workers, as well as civil society peace workers from Lebanon and the Philippines are explored and compared to each other. Differences are observed along both geographical and professional lines, but also within each group.

About the authors

Gijsbert van Iterson Scholten is Lecturer in political science and conflict studies at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he was previously a researcher. Before his academic career, he worked for a number of years at leading Dutch peace NGO, Pax for Peace.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27974-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Visions of Peace of Professional Peace Workers
Book Subtitle
The Peaces We Build
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27975-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27975-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27974-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 285
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations
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