Care as everyday peacebuilding

Tiina Vaittinen*, Amanda Donahoe, Rahel Kunz, Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Sanam Roohi

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Abstract

Analyses of everyday peace provide a critical response to existing peace practices. However, absent from these discussions is the feminist research that theorizes peace through everyday practices of care. We argue that contemporary debates on everyday peace should engage with this largely forgotten tradition. We explore the contributions of this research through case studies that span the north-south divide: from Northern Ireland to Aceh, and Kashmir to Reykjavik. Demonstrating how care is an essential ingredient of everyday peace, we suggest that a care lens allows us to reframe the understanding of everyday peace to provide a fuller picture that also addresses the complex and contradictory nature of social relations involved in everyday peacebuilding. By resolving conflicts over immediate care needs and building the capacity of communities in ways that subtly challenge the fixity of conflict, care cumulatively creates possibilities for peaceful transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-209
Number of pages16
JournalPeacebuilding
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
32This case study draws on research carried out by Rahel Kunz in the context of a collective project Gender Dimensions of Social Conflicts, Armed Violence and Peacebuilding, supported by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation (400240). Inspiring collaboration with Mimidoo Achakpa, Henri Myrttinen, Joy Onyesoh, Elisabeth Prugl, Arifah Rahmawati, Christelle Rigual and Wening Udasmoro is gratefully acknowledged. The case study draws on interview and focus group discussion material collected in 2015–2016. Special thanks go to the data collectors Arifah Rahmawati, Raihal Fajri, Wening Udasmoro and Tabrani Yunis and the respondents. Pseudonyms are used to guarantee anonymity.

Funding Information:
The coauthoring of the article was made possible by NOS-HS Workshop Grant number [2015-00127]; for the establishment of Feminist Peace Research Network. In addition, Vaittinen’s research was made possible by the Academy of Finland [grant number 297053]; and Kunz’ research was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation [grant number 400240].

Funding Information:
The coauthoring of the article was made possible by NOS-HS Workshop Grant number [2015-00127]; for the establishment of Feminist Peace Research Network. In addition, Vaittinen?s research was made possible by the Academy of Finland [grant number 297053]; and Kunz? research was supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swiss National Science Foundation [grant number 400240].

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Other keywords

  • Care
  • everyday peace
  • feminist peace research
  • social transformation
  • trust

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