The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies

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Human Geography and Peacebuilding

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Peacebuilding as a concept, and a spatial and social process, is rooted in human geography. This entry looks at the interconnectedness of human geography and peacebuilding and how this has advanced understandings of peace (building). Through this, the chapter demonstrates the long-standing spatial nature of the field though this has developed more so in recent years. Notably, this advancement has been preceded by closer attention paid to bottom-up initiatives which contribute to, and establish conditions of, peace. Such localized spaces have created opportunities beyond elite and international spaces of peacebuilding. Though notably, these spaces have their own accessibility issues. International peacebuilding efforts characterized by liberal peacebuilding have been marked by a lack of effectiveness through, in some cases, a replication and maintenance of divisions, spatially and socially. To...

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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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