Peacebuilding and Social Order

Adam Branch

in Displacing Human Rights

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919130 | DOI:
Peacebuilding and Social Order

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Chapter 4 addresses the politics of community peacebuilding, an expansive agenda including community conflict resolution, psycho-social support, development, civil society promotion, and women’s and children’s rights promotion. Whereas relief aid distribution tends to normalize individuals as helpless victims, the subjects created by peacebuilding interventions are not denied agency but rather are turned into active agents within the interventionist regime. However, because the autonomous expression of individual or collective agency is coded as deviance, these “re”-constructed identities are to function within externally-imposed models of “normal” society and end up being subject to administrative de-politicization, both in local and national politics. The chapter explores the political effects of this logic as it is expressed in a variety of interventions in northern Uganda, focusing particularly on the World Bank’s development interventions, women’s groups, child soldiers, and the question of NGO-based civil society.

Keywords: intervention; peacebuilding; development; children’s rights; women’s rights; civil society; participation

Chapter.  17431 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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