Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach

Peace Processes: A Sociological Approach

by John D. Brewer
     
 

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Peace processes are mostly very fragile. This engagingly written book takes a bold new approach to the topic by beginning from the premise that sociology can identify those factors that help to stabilize them.

The book draws a distinction between the political and social dimensions of peace processes, arguing that each is dependent on the other. Consideration of

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Peace processes are mostly very fragile. This engagingly written book takes a bold new approach to the topic by beginning from the premise that sociology can identify those factors that help to stabilize them.

The book draws a distinction between the political and social dimensions of peace processes, arguing that each is dependent on the other. Consideration of the social peace process, neglected in conventional treatments of the subject, is made central to this volume. While complementing current approaches that emphasize institutional reform in politics, law and economics, it pays due attention to sociological factors such as gender, civil society, religion, the deconstruction of violent masculinities, restorative justice, emotions, hope, forgiveness, truth recovery, social memory and public victimhood. These important themes are fully illustrated with examples and in-depth case studies from across the globe.

The book locates itself within the growing debate about the positive impact of global civil society on peace and identifies the new forms of peace work engendered by globalization. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of peace studies in politics, international relations and sociology departments.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In many ways a culmination of John D. Brewer’s life work,Peace Processes is simply a remarkable achievement. Itshould be required reading for scholars, policy makers andpractitioners who are concerned with peace."
Glady Ganiel, Sociology

"A very valuable, pioneering study that simultaneously highlightsthe centrality of sociological analysis for understanding peaceprocesses and opens sociology to such neglected but central topicsas peace, war and organized violence."
Siniša Maleševic, Sociology

"Brewer’s sociological approach is refreshingly different;Brewer is a westerner applying much of the wisdom of the non-Westto conflicts in the West. A very promising approach."
Johan Galtung, Sociology

"John Brewer's Peace Processes: A Sociological Approachstands out for two reasons: first because it is written in anaccessible, reader-friendly manner - a sign, I always think, of theauthor's self-confidence - and second, because it is replete withreferences to key writers and debates in the field of what canbroadly be called international relations. It would therefore be ofinterest to the initiated and uninitiated alike."
Times Higher Education Supplement

"Great social science nearly always comes from confrontingtraumatic experience. That is what we have here, as the result ofBrewer's visceral experience in Northern Ireland: a massivecontribution to understanding peace processes, adding sociology toprior political science knowledge - and thereby reviving thatdiscipline. The book is moving, scholarly, cognitively powerful anda major contribution to policy. It is a terrific achievement."
John A. Hall, McGill University

"The book provides a comprehensive and original analysis ofpeace processes. Brewer demonstrates the relevance of asociological perspective in pointing to the centrality of communalviolence and its structural context as well as the wider globalcontext. His analysis of types of post-violence society is mostinteresting and rich in terms of its comparative content. Theargument is nicely situated in the sociological tradition and isimmensely readable. It will be an essential work of reference onpost-violence societies and in peace processes."
Gerard Delanty, University of Sussex

"John Brewer's book is a unique contribution to ourunderstandings of peace- making, a path-breaking work of creativescholarship that sharply illuminates the complexly contradictorypotentials for, and barriers to, pragmatic peace-making in the wakeof war and communal violence. The innovative insights in this workwill provoke important constructive discussion and policy debatesfor years to come, while also providing significant conceptualframeworks for peace activists around the world."
John Brown Childs, University of California Santa Cruz

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745647777
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/16/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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