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Liberal Peace and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Africa


Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Patrick Tom
    Pages 1-8
  3. Patrick Tom
    Pages 71-103
  4. Patrick Tom
    Pages 119-142
  5. Patrick Tom
    Pages 165-177
  6. Patrick Tom
    Pages 203-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-246

About this book


The book makes theoretical and empirical contributions to recent debates on hybrid forms of peace and ‘post-liberal’ peace. In applying concepts of power, hybridity and resistance, and providing different kinds of hybridity and resistance to explore post-conflict peacebuilding in Sierra Leone, the author makes an original contribution to existing literature by providing various ways in which power can be exercised not just between locals and internationals, but also among locals themselves and the nature of peace that is produced. This volume provides various ways in which hybridity and resistance can be manifested. A more rigorous development of these concepts not only offers a better understanding of the nature of these concepts, but also helps us to distinguish forms of hybridity and resistance that are emancipatory or transformatory from those that result in people accommodating themselves to their situation. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, International Relations and African Studies, and practitioners of peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. 


conflict conflict studies international relations Peace Peacebuilding politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mindleag LimitedSt AndrewsUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Patrick Tom is co-founder, writer, editor and proof-reader at Mindleag Limited. He earned a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, UK. He has taught a module on the International Relations of sub-Saharan Africa at the University of St Andrews, UK, and Philosophy at the University of Zimbabwe.

Bibliographic information


“Tom’s book is timely, given the global upheavals that are contributing towards the fragmentation and disruption of the liberal orthodoxy that has, during its ignoble and illegitimate reign of the past two decades … . Liberal Peace and Post-conflict Peacebuilding in Africa is a necessary wake-up call and palliative to the tendency – particularly among the self-righteous and proselytising peacebuilders from the global North – to replicate the dated prescriptions of a moribund and anachronistic liberal peace agenda.” (Tim Murithi, South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 25 (1), March, 2018)