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Peace in cities, peace through cities? Theorising and exploring geographies of peace in violently contested cities

Elfversson, Emma, Gusic, Ivan, Rokem, Jonathan (2023) Peace in cities, peace through cities? Theorising and exploring geographies of peace in violently contested cities. Peacebuilding, 11 (4). pp. 321-337. ISSN 2164-7259. E-ISSN 2164-7267. (doi:10.1080/21647259.2023.2225914) (KAR id:101802)


This special issue explores geographies of peace in violently con-tested cities – cities where the socio-political order is contested by actors who use violence and repression to either challenge or reinforce the prevailing distribution of power and political, economic, and social control. The articles within the special issue theorise and explore where, when, how, and why urban conflicts manifest themselves in the context of contested cities. Together, they also uncover strategies and mechanisms that can break dynamics of violence and repression, lead to urban coexistence, and generate peaceful relations in cities, grounding their analyses in rich case studies of different violently contested cities. The special issue thereby advances the research front on violently contested cities by studying their previously underexplored constructive potential. Bringing together different disciplinary perspectives, the special issue speaks to broader issues of conflicted and conflict- driven urbanisation, political violence in cities, and wider processes of urban change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/21647259.2023.2225914
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled keywords: Contested cities; urban violence; coexistence; peace; urbanism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Swedish Research Council (
Depositing User: Jonathan Rock
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2023 09:53 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 09:34 UTC
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