New article by me: “Where is the local? Critical localism and peacebuilding”, Third World Quarterly , 36(5) 2015: 840-856.

9 Jun

If you would like a pdf copy of the article then please email me at roger.macginty@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract
This article is primarily a piece of conceptual scoping and considers the concept of ‘the local’ in relation to peacebuilding. It notes how the local is simultaneously held to blame for conflicts (as unenlightened, dangerous, uncivilised) and is also regarded as a saviour for international peace support operations. Local legitimacy, partnership and ownership of international peace interventions are seen as a fast track to success, sustainability and exit. The article navigates its way around this confused understanding of the local and argues that the local is a (not always helpful) construction. It further argues that, by applying a critical lens towards the concept of the local, we can seek to separate the concept of the local from territory and see it in terms of activity, networks and relationships. This has implications for practice and ‘field’ work.

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One Response to “New article by me: “Where is the local? Critical localism and peacebuilding”, Third World Quarterly , 36(5) 2015: 840-856.”

  1. Dr Chukwueloke James Onwuyali 09/06/2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Thanks for sending me the PDF copy. A great read.

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