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Local Resistance and the Politics of Self-Determination

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

Abstract

The protracted international governance and the fluid policy of peacebuilding and statebuilding brewed local dissatisfaction and local resistance in Kosovo, entrenching local insistence to exercise the right to self-determination and end neo-colonial interventionism. This chapter explores the dynamics of local resistance, the fluid repertoire of contentious politics, and their impact on peacebuilding in Kosovo. The central argument of this chapter is that although local resistance has the potential to counter-balance and challenge the power of fluid interventionism and reduce the popularity of ethno-nationalist structurers, it can also trigger peace-breaking and counter-emancipatory dynamics, thus unintentionally prolonging the ungovernability of peace. Accordingly, this chapter illustrates the importance of speaking truth to resistance as much as speaking truth to power.

Keywords

Local Resistance International Mission Transitional Justice Popular Support Security Sector Reform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gëzim Visoka
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  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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