Seeing like the international community: how peacebuilding failed (and survived) in Tajikistan

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Seeing like the international community: how peacebuilding failed (and survived) in Tajikistan

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dc.contributor.author Heathershaw, John en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-01T09:33:51Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:43:34Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:30:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The international community claims transformative power over post-conflict spaces via the concept of peacebuilding. International actors discursively make space for themselves in settings such as the Central Asian state of Tajikistan which endured a civil war during the 1990s and has only seen an end to widespread political violence in recent years. With the work of James C. Scott, this paper challenges the notion that post-conflict spaces are merely the objects of international intervention. It reveals how, even in cases of apparent stability such as that of Tajikistan, international actors fail to achieve their ostensible goals for that place yet make space for themselves in that place. International peacebuilders may provide essential resources for the re-emergence of local forms of order yet these symbolic and material resources are inevitably re-interpreted and re-appropriated by local actors to serve purposes which may be the opposite of their aims. However, despite this ‘failure’ of peacebuilding it nevertheless survives as a discursive construction through highly subjective processes of monitoring and evaluation. So maintained, peacebuilding is a constitutive element of world order where the necessity of intervention for humanitarian, democratic and statebuilding ends goes unchallenged. This raises the question of what or where – in spatial terms – is the locus of international intervention: the local recipients of peacebuilding programmes (who are the ostensible targets) or ‘the International Community’ itself (whose space is re-inscribed as that of an imperfect but necessary regulator of world order). en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 2(3), pp.329-51 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/17502970802436346 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/58175 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17502977.asp en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a905596124~db=all~order=page en_GB
dc.subject international community en_GB
dc.subject peacebuilding en_GB
dc.subject civil society en_GB
dc.subject non-governmental organisations en_GB
dc.subject humanitarianism en_GB
dc.subject monitoring en_GB
dc.subject evaluation en_GB
dc.subject Tajikistan en_GB
dc.subject Central Asia en_GB
dc.title Seeing like the international community: how peacebuilding failed (and survived) in Tajikistan en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-04-01T09:33:51Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:43:34Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:30:09Z
dc.identifier.issn 1750-2977 en_GB
dc.description Post-print version. 18 month embargo by the publisher. Article will be released April 2010. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1750-2985 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding en_GB


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