From Social Movement to Ritualized Conference Spaces : The Evolution of Peace Research Professionalism in Germany

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title From Social Movement to Ritualized Conference Spaces : The Evolution of Peace Research Professionalism in Germany
Author(s) Denskus, Tobias
Date 2016
English abstract
The article employs anthropological ritual theory and the concepts of symbolism and liminality to provide a theoretical framework for analyzing ethnographic insights into the academic peace research community in Germany. Using secondary sources for a broader historical outline, I analyze the evolution of peace research discourses in Germany from the beginnings as a new social movement to a contemporary professionalized policy space in which knowledge discourses are (re)produced. Academic conferences and the routines around presenting theoretical papers have become institutionalized by the ritual dynamics of a small group of organizers and venues, fostering “indoor rituals” that represent transformations of the activities of the “outdoor” peace movement that was active in postwar Germany for many decades.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pech.12160 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Peace & Change;3
Volume 41
ISSN 1468-0130
Pages 302-328
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Peacebuilding
Ritual theory
German history
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21040 (link to this page)

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