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The paradoxes of the ‘everyday’: scrutinising the local turn in peace building

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1370
Number of pages20
JournalThird World Quarterly
Early online date26 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2016


With the advent of the local turn in the mid-2000s, critical approaches have attempted to rethink peace building from the bottom up, placing local agents at the centre of the debate, declaring the end of top-down governance and affirming the fragmented, complex and plural nature of the social milieu. While local turn approaches have become popular in peace-building theory, this article invites the reader to question and problematise the local turn’s use of the concept of ‘everyday’, in order to explore paradoxes and contradictions that indicate the need to think more deeply about the impact of the local turn’s project of critique.


Elisa Randazzo, 'The paradoxes of the ‘everyday’: scrutinising the local turn in peace building', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 37 (8): 1351-1370, August 2016, doi: Published by Taylor & Francis.

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