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Tracing temporal conflicts in transitional Myanmar: life history diagrams as methodological tool
Department of War Studies and Military History, Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9535-3276
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (Peace and Conflict Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2400-9144
2022 (English)In: Conflict, Security and Development, ISSN 1467-8802, E-ISSN 1478-1174, Vol. 22, no 5, p. 495-515Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article adds to the emerging ‘temporal turn’ in peace studies by addressing methodological questions about how temporality can be captured and explored in empirical studies. Developing our methodological tools for exploring time and temporality, we argue, is critical to move beyond the supposed linear temporality of peace processes, and make visible alternative temporal frameworks that shape everyday experiences and contestations around peace in conflict-affected contexts. Drawing on a study of two conflict-affected areas in Myanmar, we contribute towards this aim through a discussion of how life history diagrams helped us trace temporal conflicts between overarching narratives of political transition and everyday experiences of insecurity. This facilitated a deeper understanding of how relationships between war and peace, and between past, present and future, were manifested and made sense of in people’s everyday lives. Our use of life history diagrams revealed temporal conflicts between the dominant, linear temporality of the Myanmar transition, and more complex and cyclical temporal frameworks people used to describe their realities. Life history diagrams also facilitated narratives that troubled an events-based temporality focused on macro-political shifts such as ceasefire agreements and elections, and instead foregrounded everyday experiences of continuous insecurity and struggle.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2022. Vol. 22, no 5, p. 495-515
Keywords [en]
Temporality, peace, transition, Myanmar, life history interviews, life history diagrams, visual methods
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199746DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2022.2124847ISI: 000859695500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85139146772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-199746DiVA, id: diva2:1699537
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Varieties of Peace, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M16-0297:1Available from: 2022-09-28 Created: 2022-09-28 Last updated: 2022-12-30Bibliographically approved

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