- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: October 2018
- Print publication year: 2018
- Online ISBN: 9781108675079
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108675079
In Resilient Communities, Jana Krause focuses on civilian agency and mobilization 'from below' and explains violence and non-violence in communal wars. Drawing on extensive field research on ethno-religious conflicts in Ambon/Maluku Province in eastern Indonesia and Jos/Plateau State in central Nigeria, this book shows how civilians responded to local conflict dynamics very differently, evading, supporting, or collectively resisting armed groups. Combining evidence collected from more than 200 interviews with residents, community leaders, and former fighters, local scholarly work (in Indonesian), and local newspaper-based event data analysis, this book explains civilian mobilization, militia formation, and conflict escalation. The book's comparison of vulnerable mixed communities and (un)successful prevention efforts demonstrates how under courageous leadership resilient communities can emerge that adapt to changing conflict zones and collectively prevent killings. By developing the concepts of communal war and social resilience, Krause extends our understanding of local violence, (non-)escalation, and implications for prevention.
Stathis Kalyvas - Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford
Kristen Monroe - University of California, Irvine
Mats Berdal - King’s College London
Scott Straus - Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
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