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Resilient Communities

Resilient Communities
Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War

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  • Publication planned for: October 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471114

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  • 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, the book shows how civilians responded to local conflict dynamics very differently, evading, supporting, or collectively resisting armed groups. Combining evidence collected from more than 300 interviews with residents, community leaders and former fighters, local scholarly work (in Indonesian) and local newspaper-based event data analysis, the 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.

    • Offers an in-depth analysis of non-violent communities and resilience building during communal conflict in Indonesia and Nigeria
    • Develops a concept of communal war and offers a typology for analyzing its patterns of violence and its social processes of escalation
    • Will inform scholars and students in comparative politics and conflict studies working on communal conflict, civil war, and peacebuilding, and practitioners who work on atrocity prevention and civilian protection, about civilian coping strategies and social resilience
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    Advance praise: 'In exploring how and why low-intensity episodes of violence organized around religious identities sometimes escalate into full-fledged 'communal wars', this book underlines the dynamic interplay between locals and outsiders, while also highlighting civilian agency under conditions of exceptional duress. With this important and timely study based on extensive fieldwork in Nigeria and Indonesia, Krause succeeds in furthering our understanding of political violence.' Stathis Kalyvas, Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford

    Advance praise: 'Krause's analysis of communal violence in Nigeria and Indonesia makes an important contribution to our understanding of instances when non-violence trumps hatred in ethno-religious conflicts. Her work importantly advances our understanding of how peaceful communities and their institutional capacity emerge, and how people preserve non-violence in the context of a changing conflict zone.' Kristen Monroe, University of California, Irvine

    Advance praise: 'This is an excellent book: precisely the kind of detailed, field-based analysis needed for a deeper understanding of the nature and dynamics of communal conflict. The book sheds an important light on the ways in which populations and communities caught up in war adapt and respond to the exceptional circumstances in which they find themselves. Krause has made an important contribution to the field.' Mats Berdal, King's College London

    Advance praise: 'In this fascinating study, Jana Krause turns conflict studies on its head: rather than only asking why violence breaks out, she asks why violence did not occur in some communities. Based on exceptional fieldwork, this eloquent book points to the power of local leadership and collective agency. In a field of study that can sometimes write individual actors out of the story, Krause's analysis brings people, community, and agency back in. Hers is a remarkable study that has lessons for scholars, students, and policymakers alike.' Scott Straus, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471114
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 5 maps 5 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Communal war
    2. Resilient communities
    3. Fieldwork in the context of communal conflicts
    4. Indonesia: from gang fight to 'religious war' in Ambon, Maluku Province
    5. (Non)-violence and civilian agency in Ambon, Indonesia
    6. Nigeria: a deadly conflict cycle in Jos, Plateau State
    7. (Non)-violence and civilian agency in Jos, Nigeria
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jana Krause, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Jana Krause is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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