Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Peace-Building in a Permanent State of Adaptation

  • Suvi Alt


Contemporary peace-building is directed at tackling what is considered to be the root cause of conflict, namely, underdevelopment, or lack of ‘human security’. The human security approach to peace-building calls into being two different types of subjectivities: Homo juridicus is the subject that correlates with the aim to establish a democratic political system that enforces the rule of law and protects human rights. Homo oeconomicus is the subject that correlates with the endeavour to build peace by eradicating poverty through entrepreneurial activity. Contemporary biopolitics of development relies on the depoliticization of these subjectivities through what is here called ‘a permanent state of adaptation’.


Permanent State Human Security Bare Life Homo Oeconomicus Indigenous Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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