Buch

Resilient communities (2018)

non-violence and civilian agency in communal war

Abstract

In Resilient Communities, Jana Krause focuses on civilian agency and mobilization 'from below' and explains violence and non-violence in communal wars. Drawing on extensive field research on ethno-religious conflicts in Ambon/Maluku Province in eastern Indonesia and Jos/Plateau State in central Nigeria, this book shows how civilians responded to local conflict dynamics very differently, evading, supporting, or collectively resisting armed groups. Combining evidence collected from more than 200 interviews with residents, community leaders, and former fighters, local scholarly work (in Indonesian), and local newspaper-based event data analysis, this book explains civilian mobilization, militia formation, and conflict escalation. The book's comparison of vulnerable mixed communities and (un)successful prevention efforts demonstrates how under courageous leadership resilient communities can emerge that adapt to changing conflict zones and collectively prevent killings. By developing the concepts of communal war and social resilience, Krause extends our understanding of local violence, (non-)escalation, and implications for prevention.

Keywords

Ethnic conflict, Communalism, Nonviolence, Passive resistance, Indonesia, Ambon, Nigeria, Jos

Sprachen

Englisch

Verlag

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781108675079, 9781108471114, 9781108457170

Seiten

xii, 294

DOI

10.1017/9781108675079

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