Governing Conflict: The Politics of Scaling Difference
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4637579
Author(s) Hirblinger, Andreas T.; Landau, Dana M.
Author(s) at UniBasel Landau, Dana
Year 2019
Title Governing Conflict: The Politics of Scaling Difference
Journal Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Volume 12
Number 3
Pages / Article-Number 385-404
Keywords difference, identity, peacebuilding, politics of scale, Kosovo, South Sudan

The dynamics of peace and conflict are fundamentally shaped by a politics of scaling difference. Based on the insight that difference is widely associated with both the causes of and cures for violent conflict, this article explores how practices of scaling mediate this duality. Drawing on South Sudan and Kosovo, it is argued that the governance of conflict is characterized by efforts to skilfully accommodate diversity, straddling the line between recognizing, reinforcing, and reconfiguring difference and investing it with political power at the ‘right’ scale. This is read as a conflictual process involving the unravelling, rescaling, and counter-scaling of difference.

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