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Title: It's not the What But the How: a critical approach to peace and violence
Authors: Freire, Maria Raquel 
Lopes, Paula Duarte 
Keywords: Promoting peace; Keeping peace; Continuum of peaces and violences; Cultures of peace
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: Oficina do CES
Volume: 343
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: Peace studies are currently at a crossroad, being criticized for their overwhelming research agenda, for their uncritical stance towards terminology and for their disconnection between research and action. This paper proposes a consolidation of the theoretical and conceptual peace studies core, by recovering the value of peace and framing research and action in cultures of peace. This sets out from a critique of the conventional conflict narrative terminology, which has evolved after Boutros-Ghali An Agenda for Peace to reflect a peace narrative terminology. This change has been more formal than operational. Even if a new political peace agenda was adopted, practical results have not reflected this transformation. We argue that peace and violence are not excludable, by adopting the concept of a continuum of peaces and violences and proposing a peace web to overcome the shortcomings revealed essentially at the level of policy implementation.
ISSN: 2182-7966
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:I&D CES - Oficina do CES

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