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Reconceptualising the politics of knowledge authority in post/conflict interventions: From a peacebuilding field to transnational fields of interventionary objects
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Joint Warfare Division, Joint Operations Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9438-0240
2020 (English)In: European Journal of International Security, ISSN 2057-5637, E-ISSN 2057-5645, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 115-133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Peacebuilding debates increasingly revolve around questions about knowledge and expertise. Of particular interest is what (and whose) knowledge(s) ends up authoritative in interventions. This article addresses a problem in the literature on the epistemics and epistemic authority of peacebuilding interventions: the acknowledgement of but lacking attention to plural knowledges, the transgressive character of expertise, and knowledge struggles. It does this by discussing recent suggestions that peacebuilding epistemic authority can be fruitfully analysed as a Bourdieusian field. The article identifies a tension in Bourdieu’s own thinking about fields, which has shaped some of these recent proposals. This tension, nevertheless, also enables a reconsideration of fields and struggles, and thereby an analysis that takes plurality and transgressiveness into account. By developing such an alternative conceptual position, the article sees peacebuilding epistemic authority as object- and struggle-bound; conditioned and dependent on dynamics that go beyond peacebuilding as a distinct field of practice. This position is illustrated in an analysis of the emergence and (temporary) establishment of epistemic authority in peacebuilding interventions on informal economies.

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Cambridge University Press, 2020. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 115-133
Keywords [en]
peacebuilding, knowledge, epistemic authority, expertise, Pierre Bourdieu
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Political Science
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8679DOI: 10.1017/eis.2019.22OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8679DiVA, id: diva2:1337581
Available from: 2019-07-16 Created: 2019-07-16 Last updated: 2020-04-03Bibliographically approved

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