Spatializing Peace and Conflict

Mapping the Production of Places, Sites and Scales of Violence

  • Annika Björkdahl
  • Susanne Buckley-Zistel

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Spatializing Peace and Conflict: An Introduction

    1. Annika Björkdahl, Susanne Buckley-Zistel
      Pages 1-22
  3. Territorialities and Scales

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Kristine Höglund, Erik Melander, Margareta Sollenberg, Ralph Sundberg
      Pages 60-76
  4. Global and Local

  5. Boundaries and Borders

  6. Places and Sites

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 304-314

About this book


There has been no sustained inquiry into the relationship linking peace and conflict with space and place. This innovative edited volume explores conflict and peace through spatial approaches, and proposes a new research agenda investigating where peace and conflict take place. All chapters employ space as an analytic category and develop strong theoretical contributions alongside new empirical insights. From battlefields to memorials, places of encounter shape how agents relate to each other and how their actions are enabled or constrained. Moreover, spaces such as the international peacekeepers camps or sites of atrocity would not exist if it were not for the conflict. Drawing on concepts such as spatial governmentality, scalar politics, relational spatial theory and spatial narratives the authors investigate case studies reaching from divided cities such as Belfast, Dili and Jerusalem, via rape camps and karaoke bars, to war-torn countries.


Peace peace and conflict studies conflict territory spatialisation scalar politics peacebuilding borders cities agency violence Bosnia Herzegovina geopolitics Armed conflict conflict studies peace and conflict Peace Process Peacebuilding transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Annika Björkdahl
    • 1
  • Susanne Buckley-Zistel
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Center for Conflict StudiesPhilipps University MarburgGermany

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