Peacebuilding in Deeply Divided Societies

Toward Social Cohesion?

  • Fletcher D. Cox
  • Timothy D. Sisk

Part of the Rethinking Political Violence book series (RPV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Fletcher D. Cox, Timothy D. Sisk, Elizabeth Hester
    Pages 1-12
  3. Fletcher D. Cox, Timothy D. Sisk
    Pages 13-31
  4. Otto Argueta, Sabine Kurtenbach
    Pages 33-64
  5. Fletcher D. Cox, James Ndung’u, Esther Njuguna
    Pages 65-101
  6. Joy Aoun, Marie-Joëlle Zahar
    Pages 103-136
  7. Subindra Bogati, Fletcher D. Cox, Sachchi Karki, Timothy D. Sisk
    Pages 175-213
  8. Yahaya Hashim, Darren Kew, Judith Ann Walker
    Pages 215-244
  9. Susan Hayward, Mirak Raheem
    Pages 245-285
  10. Fletcher D. Cox, Catherine Orsborn, Timothy D. Sisk
    Pages 287-309
  11. Fletcher D. Cox, Timothy D. Sisk
    Pages 311-322
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 323-346

About this book


This book explores a critical question: in the wake of identity-based violence, what can internal and international peacebuilders do to help “deeply divided societies” rediscover a sense of living together? In 2016, ethnic, religious, and sectarian violence in Syria and Iraq, the Central African Republic, Myanmar, and Burundi grab headlines and present worrying scenarios of mass atrocities. The principal concern which this volume addresses is “social cohesion” - relations within society and across deep divisions, and the relationship of individuals and groups with the state.  For global peacebuilding networks, the social cohesion concept is a leitmotif for assessment of social dynamics and a strategic goal of interventions to promote resilience following violent conflict. In this volume, case studies by leading international scholars paired with local researchers yield in-depth analyses of social cohesion and related peacebuilding efforts in seven countries: Guatemala, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.


Peacebuilding Divided Societies Social Cohesion Fragmentation National Identity Confessionalism Consociationalism Religion Transition Violence Guatemala Kenya Lebanon Myanmar Nepal Nigeria Sri Lanka Modernization Democracy Identity Politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Fletcher D. Cox
    • 1
  • Timothy D. Sisk
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceWilliam Jewell CollegeLibertyUSA
  2. 2.Josef Korbel School of International StudiesUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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