Peacebuilding as Practice: Discourses from Post-Conflict Tajikistan

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Peacebuilding as Practice: Discourses from Post-Conflict Tajikistan

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dc.contributor.author Heathershaw, John en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-24T13:23:32Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:43:56Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:02:35Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Peacebuilding is a contested concept which gains meaning as it is practised. While academic and policy-relevant elaboration of the concept is of interest to international experts, interpretations of peacebuilding in the Central Asian arena may depart immensely from those envisaged within the western-dominated ‘international community’. This article opens up the dimensions and contingent possibilities of ‘peacebuilding’ through an investigation of two alternative approaches found in the context of Tajikistan. It makes the critique that peacebuilding represents one contextually grounded basic discourse. In the case of Central Asia, and in particular post-conflict Tajikistan, at least two other basic discourses have been adopted by parties to the post-Soviet setting: elite mirostroitelstvo (Russian: peacebuilding) and popular tinji (Tajik: wellness/peacefulness). Based largely on fieldwork conducted in Tajikistan between 2003 and 2005, the argument here is that none of these three discourses is merely an artificial or cynical construct but that each has a certain symbolic and normative value. Consequently, a singular definition of Tajik ‘peacebuilding’ proves elusive as practices adapt to the relationships between multiple discourses and identities in context. The article concludes that ‘peacebuilding’ is a complex and intersubjective process of change entailing the legitimation of new relationships of power. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation International Peacekeeping, Volume 14, Issue 2, April 2007, pages 219-236 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/16792 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge) en_GB
dc.relation.url http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13533310601150826 en_GB
dc.subject peacebuilding en_GB
dc.subject Tajikistan en_GB
dc.title Peacebuilding as Practice: Discourses from Post-Conflict Tajikistan en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-01-24T13:23:32Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:43:56Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:02:35Z
dc.identifier.issn 1353-3312 en_GB
dc.date.submitted 2006-06 en_GB
dc.description Note that this is the postprint version, not the preprint. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1743-906X en_GB
dc.identifier.journal International Peacekeeping en_GB


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