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978-1-78660-977-9 • Hardback • April 2019 • $133.00 • (£102.00)
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Bridget Moix is an advocate, educator, and activist who believes in the power of local people to build lasting peace. She has worked with a variety of peacebuilding organizations and holds a doctorate degree in conflict resolution. Bridget currently leads the US office of Peace Direct, an international organization that works with local people to stop violent conflict and build lasting peace.
Part I: The Problem with Peacebuilding
Chapter OneThe Story Behind this Book
Chapter TwoThe Search for Peace and the Loss of Agency
Chapter ThreeA Research Approach to Local Peacebuilding
Part II: Choosing Peace in the Midst of Violence
Chapter FourI Am Because You Are: Relational Responsibility and Peace Agency
Chapter FiveRisk and Resilience
Chapter SixIt’s About Trust: Local Perspectives on International Peacebuilders
Part III: Locally Grounded, Globally Connected
Chapter SevenLocal Peacebuilding Begins at Home
Chapter EightInclusive Peacebuilding: Confronting Power, Privilege, and Racism
Chapter NineWe Are All Peacebuilders
Bridget Moix has in-depth experience of how peace building actually works. She knows how individual activists, community-based groups, and locally-led civil society organizations—the people most directly experiencing the results of violent conflict and striving to transform it—remain on the margins of the more recognized international peacebuilding field. She tackles what that means in her daily work, building links between the policies and practices of the global North and the realities of communities living inside war zones struggling to build a safer and more just future. She is devoted to enabling the voices of local peace builders to be heard. Working with her, I marvel not only at the knowledge she has gained in years of hands-on experience, but the human connections she has established, and the empathy with which she communicates. This is someone to listen to; she knows.
— Scilla Elworthy, Peacebuilder and Founder of the Oxford Research Group
Bridget Moix’s book is a breath of fresh air in the field of conflict and peace studies. This is not yet another technical study about conflict and how to address it, but an insightful account that weds the author’s research to the real people and their stories. This is an essential book for those that are looking for answers as to why everyone has the potential to become an agent of positive change and why choosing peace matters.
— Borislava Manojlovic, Assistant Professor, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University Korea
This book is unique: its an astounding reflection and a compelling collection from the author's combined rich and insightful cases from a theoretical basis for conflict prevention and practical experience from her work with local peacebuilders from around the world. Focusing on local efforts to stop violence and build sustainable peace.
There is a growing recognition that conflict prevention, conflict mitigation and long-term conflict transformation is most likely to succeed when it is locally led, rather than when it is imposed on communities from the outside. People living in conflict contexts should be allowed to be a part of decision-making process and drive the peacebuilding efforts—a process that looks first for the potential and capacity in the community to truly act as a voice for the people and not just as project implementers for external partners and donors.
This book will be valuable to students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and non academic readers thanks to its clear language and illustrative case studies.
— Michael Olufemi Sodipo, Founder/ Project Coordinator, Peace Initiative Network (PIN), Nigeria