From antagonistic conflict to agonistic peacebuilding

Aggestam, Karin, Cristiano, Fabio and Strombom, Lisa (2014). From antagonistic conflict to agonistic peacebuilding. In: The Annual Conference of the International Society for Political Psychology, Rome, Italy, (). 4 July 2014.

Author Aggestam, Karin
Cristiano, Fabio
Strombom, Lisa
Title of paper From antagonistic conflict to agonistic peacebuilding
Conference name The Annual Conference of the International Society for Political Psychology
Conference location Rome, Italy
Conference dates 4 July 2014
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Oral presentation
Open Access Status
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Many contemporary conflicts are conceptualised as antagonistic and difficult to resolve because of the zero-sum framing among disputants. This paper addresses the constructive and destructive conflict dynamics through the analytical prism of agonism. This concept is used to highlight the significance of politics and the contested nature of peacemaking. In political theory, agonism has become an increasingly popular analytical notion, particularly in relations to debates on democracy and political pluralism. Yet, in conflict analysis and resolution the concept has been applied to a much lesser degree. The paper has a three-fold aim: (1) to identify the challenges posed by constructive and destructive conflict to peacebuilding intervention; (2) to consider when and how conflict may move from antagonism to agonism, and (3) to revisit and reassess the peacebuilding paradigm by arguing for agonistic peacebuilding. The conceptual scoping will use empirical illustrations from the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP). This case may be seen as a deviant or critical case of agonistic peacebuilding due to the deadlocked peace process. We will critically assess the antagonistic dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and elaborate on what may constitute as prerequisites of agonistic peacebuilding
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