Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making

Insights from 'Africa's World War'

By Marta Iñiguez de Heredia

Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0876-0
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: April 2017
  • BIC Category: International Relations, Politics & government, Peace studies & conflict resolution, International relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Society & social sciences / International relations
  • Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis


Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making addresses debates on the liberal peace and the policies of peacebuilding through a theoretical and empirical study of resistance in peacebuilding contexts. Examining the case of 'Africa's World War' in the DRC, it locates resistance in the experiences of war, peacebuilding and state-making by exploring discourses, violence and everyday forms of survival as quotidian acts that attempt to challenge or mitigate such experiences. The analysis of resistance offers a possibility to bring the historical and sociological aspects of both peacebuilding and the case of the DRC, providing new nuanced understanding on these processes and the particular case. The book also makes a significant contribution to the theorisation of resistance in International Relations.


Introduction. Resistance and the liberal peace: A missing link
1. Legitimacy, violence and extraction in the practice of building states
2. Patterns and practices of everyday resistance: a view from below
3. History and present of 'Africa's World War'
4. Claims to legitimate authority and discursive Attacks
5. Everyday violence and Mai Mai Militias in Eastern DRC
6. Creative survival as subversion
7. Everyday resistance and everyday order in world politics


Marta Iñiguez de Heredia is Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Institute Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

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