Social capital and collective resilience following mine clearance: the case of Kurdish Iraq

Durham, J., Fielding, A. and White, R. (2013). Social capital and collective resilience following mine clearance: the case of Kurdish Iraq. In: Martin Hall, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Bingu Ingirige, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Udayangani Kulatunga and Chaminda Pathirage, International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Book of Abstracts. 2013 3rd International Conference on Building Resilience, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, (1-15). 17-19 September, 2013.

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Author Durham, J.
Fielding, A.
White, R.
Title of paper Social capital and collective resilience following mine clearance: the case of Kurdish Iraq
Conference name 2013 3rd International Conference on Building Resilience
Conference location Ahungalla, Sri Lanka
Conference dates 17-19 September, 2013
Proceedings title International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Book of Abstracts
Place of Publication Lombard, IL, USA
Publisher Hill and Associates
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781907842436
Editor Martin Hall
Dilanthi Amaratunga
Richard Haigh
Bingu Ingirige
Kaushal Keraminiyage
Udayangani Kulatunga
Chaminda Pathirage
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Prolonged exposure to violent conflict and forced displacement is detrimental to well-being. It can deplete individual and community resilience and social capital. Rebuilding social capital and resilience is an important factor in recovering from the trauma of violent conflict.

This study was undertaken in mid-2009 in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, one of the most landmine contaminated regions in the world. It formed part of a larger multiple case mixed method study. The objective was to identify the impacts of landmine clearance on household livelihoods. Unanticipated social benefits emerged during the thematic analysis of the participants qualitative narratives (N = 5 households, N = 4 programme staff, N = 2 community leaders) in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. The data was then re-analysed using a narrative framework. Using a social constructionist thread to examine meanings of social capital and resilience, this paper examines the role of demining in building social capital and collective resilience. The participants’ narratives tell of resilience resulting from negotiation with the environment and the importance of regaining one’s identity and hope in order to heal in the face of adversity. The paper is rare in illustrating the social benefits of post-conflict demining and its links with social capital and collective resilience. It contributes to the literature on collective resilience and its role in improving the well-being of communities displaced by violent conflict.
Keyword Kurdish region of Iraq
Internally displaced persons (IDPs)
Social capital
Collective resilience
Demining
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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