Theorising Youth and Everyday Peace(building)

  • Citation: Berents, Helen, and Siobhan McEvoy-Levy. “Theorising Youth and Everyday Peace(Building).” Peacebuilding 3, no. 2 (2015): 115–25.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • young people
    • youth
    • everyday peace
    • liberal peace
    • peacebuilding

The introductory essay presents a locally-grounded theoretical framework for studying youth and everyday peace(building). Drawing on examples from fieldwork as well as insights from the articles to follow in the journal, the essay highlights three interrelated and overlapping spheres of inquiry. First, it makes the case for examining the age-specific as well as gender-, and other contextually-specific roles of youth as they relate to everyday peacebuilding. Second, the essay draws attention to how everyday peace is narrated by or through youth. It poses questions about what values, policies, and governmental structures are specifically being resisted and rejected, and how peace is conceptualised and/or hidden in the narratives of youth. Third, along with these concerns, the nexus of global and local (including discursive and institutional) structures that facilitate, curtail, and curtain everyday peace (building) practices are important to identify and evaluate for their impacts on the roles and ideas of youth. In proposing this theoretical framework that recognises the complex and multiple ways youth are engaged in their everyday worlds, this essay asks how we can engage this recognition within knowledges and practices of everyday peace(building).

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