Peacebuilding and Human Security: A Constructivist Perspective

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This article argues that human security at the personal, institutional and structural-culturallevels can be more effectively realized in the process of peacebuilding if: (1) culture andidentity and an interpretive bottom-up approach to peacebuilding are taken into accountwhen addressing the problems of marginalized individuals, groups, and communities; (2)both material as well as socio-cultural contexts are considered critical factors to humansecurity and peacebuilding; and (3) serious attempts are made to move beyond short-termfunctions of maintaining a ceasefire, demobilization and disarmament, and monitoringcompetitive elections among former adversaries. The analysis grapples with questions suchas when does emancipation or sustainable peacebuilding occur?; or how cantraditional/indigenous methods of peacebuilding be used more effectively to complementmodern methods? These concerns are briefly applied to specific cases of postwarreconstruction and reconciliation.

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International Journal of Peace Studies, v. 10, no. 1, p. 69-86