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This paper develops the notion of “peace-in-difference”, based on a phenomenological approach to difference from German sociology in the 1920s to the French philosophies of Emmanuel Lévinas and Jacques Derrida. Such an attempt responds to a long-standing concern in peacebuilding theory and practice and is critical of essentialist and linear-teleological approaches to peace, as with the theoretical framework of liberal peace-building. As a consequence, “peace-in-difference” is scep-tical with attempts to define peace as a status, but rather envisions peace as a perennial process of dialogue. However, “peace-in-difference”, even though having the critique of liberal peace and subsequent research questions in common with post-liberal approaches, it is also critical with their construction of “the local” as as a binary opposition to “the international”. Though this binary is an attempt to overcome liberal legacies in International Relations (IR) and peace studies, it neverthe-less risks reintroducing essentialism. In contrast, a phenomenological approach infers a positive understanding of difference(s) which can be generative of peace, if and when perceived in non-essentialist ways and negotiated as such.
Author(s): Behr H
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Print publication date: 01/07/2018
Online publication date: 09/08/2018
Acceptance date: 16/07/2018
Date deposited: 16/07/2018
ISSN (print): 1750-2977
ISSN (electronic): 1750-2985
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