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Post-Liberal Peace TransitionsBetween Peace Formation and State Formation$
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Oliver P. Richmond and Sandra Pogodda

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402170

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402170.001.0001

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Peace Formation versus Everyday State Formation in Palestine

Peace Formation versus Everyday State Formation in Palestine

(p.105) 5 Peace Formation versus Everyday State Formation in Palestine
Post-Liberal Peace Transitions

Sandra Pogodda

Oliver P. Richmond

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the emergence of everyday state-formation movements. With the peace process discredited through the abuse of the power imbalance between the conflict parties, pockets of local agency in Palestine have shifted their emancipatory struggle from peace towards creating the conditions for a viable and inclusionary state. The chapter then introduces and analyses the concept of everyday state formation as the capacity — and limitations — of non-violent grassroots movements to delineate the political space of an emerging state by pushing back external coercive power and the governmentality of pacification. Everyday state formation illustrates the internal tensions of contemporary statebuilding: without reconciliation across multiple scales — local to global — the complex interactions of structural, governmental, and subaltern power will tend to build societal fragility into emerging state structures.

Keywords:   everyday state formation, power imbalance, Palestine, non-violent movements, grassroots movements, pacification, contemporary statebuilding, societal fragility, state structures

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