Performing Peace-building : Conferences, Rituals and the Role of Ethnographic Research

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Performing Peace-building : Conferences, Rituals and the Role of Ethnographic Research
Author(s) Denskus, Tobias
Date 2014
English abstract
This article explores performance and ritual theory in the context of anthropological research on peace-building institutions and knowledge discourses, as well as the process of writing up an ethnographic PhD thesis. Based on fieldwork in Germany and Nepal, the article’s aim is to expand the theoretical scope of ‘aidnography’ and apply it to knowledge management, workshops, global conferences and the author’s performance in these spaces. The article analyses how a potentially critical and contested concept such as liberal peace-building has been absorbed by an emerging ritual economy of indoor events, policy papers and transnational actors. These strategies of organisational and professional self-promotion create depoliticised action and products in the context of global aid chain management
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1759-5436.12080 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue IDS Bulletin;2-3
Volume 45
ISSN 1759-5436
Pages 18-28
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Peacebuilding
Ethnography
Nepal
Ritual
Performance studies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19136 (link to this page)

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