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Local violence and politics in KwaZulu-Natal: perceptions of agency in a post-conflict society
Uppsala universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen.
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för freds- och konfliktforskning.
2015 (English)In: Third World Quarterly, ISSN 0143-6597, E-ISSN 1360-2241, Vol. 36, no 5, 967-984 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses the narratives of survivors of violence in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and addresses the relationship between local violence, politics and agency in a post-conflict setting. In particular, the study advances an understanding of how local political violence serves to increase or decrease agency. In line with previous research on emotions and agency, our study suggests that fear and anxiety encourage risk avoidance and have a pacifying effect on survivors of violence. It also indicates that anger and enthusiasm are emotions experienced by those who have a strong sense of agency and have become politically mobilised after violence. The study contributes to the debate on local capacity for peacebuilding and democracy by showing how local agency is affected by violence and how survivors of violence can become agents of change through politics.

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Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 36, no 5, 967-984 p.
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agency, local violence, peacebuilding, South Africa, post-conflict societies
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105851DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1030385ISI: 000355794100010OAI: diva2:876167
Available from: 2015-06-30 Created: 2015-06-30 Last updated: 2016-03-18Bibliographically approved

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