Facing Ethnic Conflicts: Toward a New Realism / Edition 1

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Ethnic conflict is the major form of mass political violence in the world today, and it has been since World War II. Dramatic acts of terrorism and calculated responses to them may distract the attention of policymakers and the public, but ethnic and nationalist conflict continues to pose the greatest challenge to peace and security across the globe. Causes of such conflict and ideas about how to address it are hotly debated in the literature that has emerged over the past fifteen years. This volume offers a unique overview of research and policy approaches to ethnic conflicts. It is the first book to bring together experienced policymakers and key scholars from all disciplines. They debate how to best understand the rise and escalation of ethnic conflict, assess different strategies for peacemaking, mediation, and reconciliation, and evaluate the prospects for conflict management through institutional design. In contrast with a more enthusiastic assessment of the willingness and capacity to successfully intervene in ethnic conflict, this volume documents the new realism that has emerged over the past decade. It recognizes the complex and protracted nature of such conflicts and demands a multifaceted, case-by-case approach sustained by long-term political engagement. Published in co-operation with the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn.

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Editorial Reviews

This volume is a needed addition to the diverse but often incoherent ethnic conflict literature. An impressive list of contributors, for the first time combining accomplished scholars with the expertise of diplomats, NGO officers, and government advisors, shows the entire spectrum of methods, approaches, and worldviews of the various actors concerned about understanding and ultimately preventing ethnic violence. Highly recommended.
This volume is a needed addition to the diverse but often incoherent ethnic conflict literature. An impressive list of contributors, for the first time combining accomplished scholars with the expertise of diplomats, NGO officers, and government advisors, shows the entire spectrum of methods, approaches, and worldviews of the various actors concerned about understanding and ultimately preventing ethnic violence. Highly recommended.
The Ethnic Conflict Readers Digest
...Overall this book manages to systematically summarise the research on ethnic conflicts from different academic and practical political perspectives, while also proposing new ways, or a 'new realism', to understand and help resolving ethnic conflicts.
Peace & Change
An immensely interesting and valuable volume which should receive much use in upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses on ethnic conflict, this edited volume brings together more than a score of contributors to examine the prospects for managing the type of protracted ethnic and national conflicts which have recently proven so destructive to multinational states in the contemporary world, and which have often spilled into the international system.
An important book. It is very rare to find in a scholarly treatise of this nature a wide representation of different voices arguing a range of analytical standpoints as well as reporting empirical data about root causes, dynamics of intensification, and methods of management and resolution of ethnic conflicts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742535855
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Andreas Wimmer is professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Richard J. Goldstone is Hauser Global Visiting Professor at New York University Law School and retired justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Donald L. Horowitz is James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke Law School, Duke University. Ulrike Joras is reasearch fellow at the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships. Conrad Schetter is research fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : facing ethnic conflicts 1
1 A few cautionary notes on the history and future of ethnonational conflicts 23
2 Ethnicity without groups 34
3 Ethnic conflict and the colonial legacy 53
4 Exclusion, marginalization and political mobilization : the road to hell in the Great Lakes 61
5 Conflicts start with words : fighting categories in the Chechen conflict 78
6 The asymmetry between the dynamics of violence and the dynamics of peace : the case of civil wars 96
7 Looking back, looking forward : reflection on preventing inter-ethnic conflict 113
8 Operationalizing the lessons from recent experience in field-level conflict prevention strategies 120
9 Sources and settlements of ethnic conflicts 141
10 Transforming ethnic conflict : theories and practices 160
11 From resolution to transformation : assessing the role and impact of dialogue projects 174
12 Justice and reconciliation in fragmented societies 189
13 Ethnic pluralism : strategies for conflict management 203
14 External democracy support : challenges and possibilities 212
15 Liberalism, democracy and conflict management : the African experience 226
16 Some realism about constitutional engineering 245
17 The politics of electoral systems in transition 258
18 Territorial autonomy : permanent solution or step towards secession? 274
19 Containing ethnonationalist violence 283
20 Decentralized governance in fragmented societies : solution or cause of new evils? 301
21 Hidden ties : similarities between policy and research approaches to ethnic conflicts 315
22 Toward a new realism 333
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