Peace/knowledge: The Promise of New Epistemologies of Peace

10. Gëzim Visoka (2015) ‘Peace/knowledge: The Promise of New Epistemologies of Peace’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9(4): 542-550.

The debates on peacebuilding and statebuilding are in a permanent transformative flux. The production of new waves of peacebuilding and statebuilding debates seems unstoppable. This piece reviews the most recent scholarship in peacebuilding and statebuilding studies to depict the promise of new epistemological attempts to develop different conceptions of peace. The review focuses on three recently published books that excavate different sites of knowledge and seek to find out why peacebuilding and statebuilding does not work in its present form and how to fix it. As this review shows, the field is expanding in different directions, ranging from new debates on local agency and peace formation, interdisciplinary discussion of the semantics of statebuilding, to new understandings of the everyday politics of international interventions.


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