Urban Peacebuilding in ethno-nationally divided and contested cities: the case of Mostar
Summary, in English
By marrying critical urban studies with critical peacebuilding literature this paper explores the problematique of building sustainable peace in divided cities. Peacebuilding requires “urbanization” and a proper understanding of ‘the urban’ as a space stimulating both peace- and conflict-generating activities, promoting intergroup competition over space and resources, as well as interdependencies inherent to urban life. The ambition is to attempt to unpack the multidimensionality of ‘peacebuilding’ as an object of knowledge, and conceptually develop the notion of urban peacebuilding. Hence, the urban, urban peace and urban peacebuilding provide the conceptual building blocks of this paper as it explores the divided city as a frontier, an autonomous actor, and an arena for peace- or conflict-generating activities. The paper will investigate the divided city as a nexus of top-down and bottom-up peacebuilding processes and as analytically pertinent ‘zones of engagement’ and ‘ of friction’ between the global and the local in order to map out urban peacebuilding strategies.
- Department of Political Science
- Political Science
- Divided City
2011-09-01 - 2011-09-02
- Freds- och konfliktforskning