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Researching Conflict in Africa

Insights and Experiences

Researching Conflict in Africa by Elisabeth Porter
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Parts of Africa experience persistent violence and seemingly intractable confl icts. These generally have deep historical roots dating to colonial periods and before, and many of them have become more destructive in the post-Cold war period. These violent confl icts have drawn researchers seeking to determine and explain why con- fl icts are prevalent, what makes them intensify, and how confl icts can be resolved. However much of the literature on research methodology does not address the complexities of con- ducting research in the midst of violent confl ict and massive ethno-political disputes. This book directly addresses these issues. It examines the ethical and practical issues of re- searching within violent and divided societies. It provides fascinating and factual case studies from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. The authors provide insights about researching confl ict in Africa that can only be gained through fi eldwork experience. This book is of interest to all researchers interested in Africa and to those involved in re- search about, and within, societies experiencing confl ict and violence. Contributors: Bolanle Akande Adetoun, Dominic K. Agyeman, Isaac Olawale Albert, Erin K. Baines, Arsène Mwaka Bwenge, Jacqui Gallinetti, Eghosa E. Osaghae, Elisabeth Porter, Gillian Robinson, Albrecht Schnabel, Marie Smyth, J. Zoë Wilson Elisabeth Porter is INCORE Research Director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Gillian Robinson is INCORE Director and ARK Director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Marie Smyth is the Head of Research and Communication for Criminal Justice Inspection, Northern Ireland. Albrecht Schnabel is a Senior Research Fellow at swisspeace, Bern, and a Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Bern, Switzerland. Eghosa Osaghae is a Professor of Political Science & Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Nigeria.
United Nations University Press; January 2006
186 pages; ISBN 9789280870992
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Title: Researching Conflict in Africa
Author: Elisabeth Porter; Gillian Robinson; Marie Smyth