Everyday conceptualizations of sustainable peace in Nepal: post-liberal peace and beyond?
2015 (English)In: ASIA IN FOCUS A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, no 1, 45-52 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
By employing semi-structured interviews this article investigates the peacebuilding environment in Kathmandu, Nepal, with an eye in particular to capture everyday conceptualizations of sustainable peace, and to investigate whether these might contribute to more holistic peacebuilding approaches in the country. The article draws initial inspiration from the post-liberal peace framework put forth by Oliver Richmond, which problematizes the liberal peace model by highlighting its tendency to neglect the local context and needs, as well as its frequent reliance on top-down and technocratic measures. Instead, Richmond calls for peacebuilding approaches which are more holistic and sensitive to the everyday needs of inhabitants of post-conflict societies. It is found that the post-liberal peace approach largely corresponds to the manner in which the interlocutors of this article conceptualize sustainable peace, i.e. by highlighting everyday issues such as material improvements, social justice, and national political stability. However, the article concludes by arguing that there are also issues of practical concern with both the post-liberal peace framework and the manner in which sustainable peace is conceptualized by interlocutors in Kathmandu.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
NIAS Nordic Institute of Asian Studies , 2015. no 1, 45-52 p.
Nepal, peacebuilding, liberal peace, post-liberal peace, everyday peace
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3895DiVA: diva2:808815