ISBN 9780761936589,Twelfth Five Year Plan, 2012-2017 (English) : Vol I: Faster, More Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Vol II: Subtitle for volume II: Economic Sectors and Vol III: Social Sectors

Twelfth Five Year Plan, 2012-2017 (English) : Vol I: Faster, More Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Vol II: Subtitle for volume II: Economic Sectors and Vol III: Social Sectors

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ISBN 9780761936589
Publisher

SAGE India

Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780761936589

ISBN-10 0761936580
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 292 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Politics

This book looks at civil society and peace movements in the context of the identity-based armed conflict in Sri Lanka. Focussing on the identity politics inherent in peace work, it demonstrates why civil society groups engaged in peace activities often fail to enhance the sense of security among civilians and are also unable to challenge the underlying structures of war. The book highlights the role peace organisations play in providing alternatives to dominant discourses of militarism. It draws on unique empirical material, including 150 interviews with leaders, participants and key actors involved in civil society peace work in Sri Lanka. By critically examining the roles played by civil society actors for peace, The Identity Politics of Peacebuilding: Civil Society in War-torn Sri Lanka contributes to filling the gap between the international enthusiasm for supporting civil society peace work on the one hand, and the lack of a thorough understanding of the relevance and impact of this work on the other. The author uses a constructivist approach to point out the dangers of romanticising inter-ethnic understanding in peace work and ignoring identity politics within peace movements. This book is a highly recommended reading for researchers, students and academics involved in the study of Politics, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Sociology, as well as donor agencies, consultants, NGOs and peace activists. Table of Contents Acknowledgements Map of Sri Lanka Introduction What Can Civil Society do for Peace? Theoretical Debates and Dilemmas Dealing with Identity in Peace Work Identity and Violent Conflict in Sri Lanka A Movement for Peace? Civil Society Peace Work: Does it Matter? Peaceful Identities? Conclusions References Index
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