This book offers a critical examination of 'infrastructures for peace', originally proposed as a framework of conflict transformation. Through an exploration of the statist ideological underpinnings of peace-building, it traces how the concept was transformed by institutional actors - international organisations and states - into a tool to further the state-building goals of liberal peace-building.
Balázs Áron Kovács is the manager of the Philippines programme of forumZFD, a German NGO working on conflict transformation. He is based in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines. Dr Kovacs's research in the field of critical peace and conflict studies focuses on state-society interactions in the context of peace and state-building.
Acknowledgments IIITable of Contents IVTable of Illustrations VIFigures VIIChapter 1 - Preface 1Peace-building 3Why Peace Infrastructures Now and Why in the Philippines? 6Methodological Note 10The Structure of the Book 15Part I - Peacebuilding-as-statebuilding - A Landscape 19Chapter 2 - Peace-building 252.1 - From Peace-building to State-building - the diffusion of a cultural construct 36Chapter 3 - State-building 463.1 - Statism 533.2 - Putting the State Back into History - And History into the State 68Chapter 4 - State Formation, the Local and Hybridity 874.1 - The Local 914.2 - Hybridity 95Chapter 5 - Peace Infrastructures 995.1 - Practice 1005.2 - Theory 1105.3 - The Creation of Infrastructures for Peace 127Part II - Peaceful and Prosperous Communities 154Chapter 6 - Manila: Designing Peaceful and Prosperous Communities - The PAMANA Framework 1576.1 - Mission, Objectives, Strategies 1586.2 - Coverage and Area Selection 1626.3 - Structure 1656.4 - Pillar 2 1676.5 - Origins and Complementary Programmes 172Chapter 7 - Sorsogon: Field Research Findings 1797.1 - General Observations 1797.2 - Project Outcomes in the Field Research Area 1857.3 - How Stable Gains? 211Chapter 8 - Back in Manila: PAMANA - Peace-building, State-building and the Contested State 2178.1 - The Broader Context 2178.2 - State-building at the Margins, State Transformation in the Centre 235Chapter 9 - Whither Peace Infrastructures? 2499.1 - Peace-building, Peace Infrastructures, and PAMANA 2519.2 - Possible Pathways 2679.3 - What to Do with Peace Infrastructures? 2719.4 - Back to the Foundations 274List of Frequently Used Acronyms and Abbreviations 277List of References 282