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Spatializing Peace and Conflict

Mapping the Production of Places, Sites and Scales of Violence

  • Annika Björkdahl
  • Susanne Buckley-Zistel


  • Provides new and important insights into processes of peace and the dynamics of conflict as situated within and constitutive of different spaces and places

  • Sits at the intersection of peace and conflict, urban studies, geography and human geography, border studies and development studies

  • Presents cases and material from global comparatives studies of Northern Ireland to the Middle East


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

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

About the editors

Annika Björkdahl is Professor at Lund University and the Editor-in-Chief of Cooperation and Conflict. She researches peacebuilding, gender and transitional justice. Her publications include Rethinking Peacebuilding (2013) and articles in Security Dialogue, Millennium, Human Rights Review, and Journal of European Public Policy.

Susanne Buckley-Zistel is Professor for Peace Conflict Studies and Director of the Center for Conflict Studies, Marburg University, Germany, and Senior Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg for Global Cooperation Research at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her research focuses on issues pertaining to peace and conflict, violence, gender and transitional justice.

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Spaitalizing Peace and Conflict is a timely and impressive volume that explores the complex and co-constitutive relations between peace and conflict, and space and place. ... The volume brings together scholars from an impressively wide range of disciplines who draw on diverse methods and methodologies, from quantitative analysis of large data sets to narrative analysis and ethnography. This is a refreshing and productive approach which balances diversity with coherence ... . In sum, this is an innovative, informative and engaging volume that will be an excellent resource for researchers and students of peace from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.” (Dr Fiona McConnell, University of Oxford)