• Gijsbert M. van Iterson ScholtenEmail author
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter serves as an introduction to the themes discussed in this book, arguing why academics should be more interested in peace as a substantive phenomenon (positive peace) and in the different visions that practitioners engaged in peacebuilding have of peace. Specifically, it calls for an understanding of peace as a word with a plural: different kinds of peacebuilding build different peaces. It also introduces the four-dimensional peace cube as a conceptual tool to compare different visions of peace and provides a summary of the arguments made in the different chapters.


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