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Constructing local ownership: A Discourse Analysis of UN Peacebuilding Policy and Practic
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies how the UN constructs and ascribes meaning to local ownership in policy and practice. In doing so, a theoretical framework was utilised which put focus on identifying who the local owner is, what is to be owned, and when local ownership is introduced. A discourse analysis inspired by Laclau and Mouffe was applied in order to determine how meaning is made of local ownership in UN policy and practice and what effects this results in. The study found that there is a high resemblance between how local ownership is portrayed in UN policy compared to in UN practice, where the local government and population are emphasised as local owners, and local ownership is viewed as a process for reaching sustainability and lasting peace. What is to be owned when local ownership is spoken of is phrased in more abstract terms, where ownership of their peace process and future was highlighted. Several themes were prevailed based on these documents ascribed to local ownership and constructing its meaning, where for instance inclusion, responsibility and effects of local ownership were emphasised. Inclusion and responsibility were approached as moments with their meaning being seen as fixed, which could be seen to have an impact on the social reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 70
Keywords [en]
local ownership, the UN, peacekeeping operations, meaning making, discourse analysis, Laclau and Mouffe
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163573DiVA, id: diva2:1354824
Educational program
Master's Programme in Crisis Management and Peacebuilding
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved

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