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Learning in peacebuilding - mission impossible?


Goetze, C, Learning in peacebuilding - mission impossible?, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 13, (3) pp. 340-356. ISSN 1750-2977 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/17502977.2019.1610990


A common recommendation in the peacebuilding literature is that missions must learn from experiences on the local ground. Yet, if often remains unclear who has the authority to propose and diffuse new or critical knowledge. The article argues that peacebuilding can be understood as a socio-professional field in which education and professional careers condition the legitimacy to author new or critical insights. Hence, peacebuilding privileges knowledge that has been produced and is diffused in OECD-country research and academic institutions and the business world, most notably in strategic management consulting. Inversely, local knowledge is disparaged and, hence, unlikely to be promoted.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:United Nations, organisational learning, peacebuilding, field sociology, knowledge production and diffusion
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Goetze, C (Dr Catherine Goetze)
ID Code:134137
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-30
Last Modified:2020-08-10

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