Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding
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Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding

Edited by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

This innovative Handbook offers a new perspective on the cutting-edge conceptual advances that have shaped – and continue to shape – the field of intervention and statebuilding.
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Chapter 22: Statebuilding and narrative

Josefin Graef and Raquel da Silva

Abstract

In recent years, narrative approaches have become increasingly popular in the study of peace-and statebuilding. Yet, the conceptual and empirical idiosyncrasies of stories and storytelling are rarely acknowledged. This chapter provides an overview of the uses of narrative in the field to date. It highlights its value for understanding power imbalances, the complexity of human experiences and knowledge creation, and ethical challenges connected to fieldwork. Engaging in greater depth with conceptual and analytical perspectives on narrative, not least by drawing on insights from related social science disciplines, will help to uncover the unique contribution these perspectives can make to researching and practicing peace- and statebuilding.

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