Everyday peacebuilding and practices in Kenya, South Sudan, Somaliland and Ghana: introduction

by Sarah Njeri

15 Mar 2022
Journal of the British Academy
Digital Object Identifier
Number of pages
9 (pp. 1-9)

Abstract: Through an ‘everyday’ lens, the articles presented in this supplementary issue draw together diverse discourses, experiences, theorisations and interpretations of everyday peacebuilding. This introduction seeks to locate peacebuilding as a policy agenda and centres the idea of the everyday lens that is useful in countering the dominant focus of liberal peacebuilding that privileges external actors. The authors do not engage in the philosophical dates of everyday but rather uses it as placeholder for ‘the local’; more as a referent to a scale of analysis than a substantive characteristic of distinct phenomena in its own right. This, as presented here, is taken to mean quite distinct things to different scholars, as is illustrated in the collection of articles by the various authors in this supplementary issue.

Keywords: Everyday peace, peacebuilding, Kenya, South Sudan, Somaliland, Ghana, narratives, gender.

Article posted to Journal of the British Academy, volume 10, supplementary issue 1 (Everyday peacebuilding and practices in Kenya, South Sudan, Somaliland and Ghana).

Sign up to our email newsletters