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Practicing Post-Liberal Peacebuilding

Legal Empowerment and Emergent Hybridity in Liberia

Practicing Post-Liberal Peacebuilding by Julian Graef
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Post-conflict peacebuilding interventions are complex processes. In order to make sense of such overwhelming complexity, the budding post-liberal literature in critical International Relations and Peace Studies has introduced the theory of hybridity. In Practicing Post-Liberal Peacebuilding, Julian Graef applies 'practice theory' to develop a critical methodology for mapping the shifting circulation of international power in a Liberian context. His study highlights the contested meaning of emancipation in an emerging post-liberal world and draws from practice-based approaches to chart the ongoing process of translation that played out in the course of designing, implementing and evaluating an experimental legal empowerment intervention in rural Liberian communities. When these various points of translations are mapped, they reveal a series of performative discontinuities which, in turn, add up to a process of emergent hybridity. Such emerging hybrid processes are actively contesting the 'liberal' monopoly on the legitimate practice of justice in Liberia and creating post-liberal political space for new justice practices and different peacebuilding practitioners in Liberia. This innovative study will be of great interest to academics and practitioners in the fields of International Relations, African Politics and Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.

Palgrave Macmillan; July 2015
220 pages; ISBN 9781137491046
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Title: Practicing Post-Liberal Peacebuilding
Author: Julian Graef
 
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