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Decolonising Peacebuilding

Managing Conflict from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka and Beyond

Author(s): Chamindra Weerawardhana

Book Description

Exploring the conflict management trajectories of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka, this book engages in a discussion that highlights the importance of ‘decolonising’ approaches to peacebuilding and conflict management in deeply divided societies. Existing knowledge on the topic is largely produced in the Western academy, using global North-centric approaches. This book, written by a researcher from the global South who navigates the political life of a deeply divided society in Western Europe, begins a conversation on a new, 21st century re-conceptualization of ethno-national conflict in deeply divided societies, based on a paradigm of decolonising. This book will appeal to policymakers and practitioners in peacebuilding and related areas worldwide, and students of peace and conflict studies, as well as a general readership with an interest in decolonial approaches to world politics.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1146-0
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1146-4
Date of Publication: 01/08/2018
Pages / Size: 257 / A5
Price: £61.99


Chamindra Weerawardhana is an Executive Committee Member and the LGBT+ Officer of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. An alumna of Université François Rabelais, France, and Queen’s University Belfast, she has also held a Marie Curie Fellowship at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and several teaching assignments at INALCO Paris, Université Paris 13, and Université Lille 1, France. Her research interests include politics of deeply divided societies, intersectional feminist international relations, and gender justice. Her work has appeared in various edited books and refereed journals including Socialism and Democracy, Südasien, and Revue française d’études canadiennes. She is also a prolific political commentator, and her writing has appeared in media outlets in Ireland, UK, Sri Lanka, India, France and USA. A gender justice activist working internationally, she regularly speaks at gender and human rights-focused events worldwide.