Researching Conflict in Africa: Insights and Experiences

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Elisabeth J. Porter
United Nations University Press, 2005 - History - 170 pages
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Parts of Africa experience persistent violence and seemingly intractable conflicts. These generally have deep historical roots dating to colonial periods and before, and many of them have become more destructive in the post-Cold war period.These violent conflicts have drawn researchers seeking to determine and explain why conflicts are prevalent, what makes them intensify, and how conflicts can be resolved. However, much of the literature on research methodology does not address the complexities of conducting research in the midst of violent conflict and massive ethno-political disputes.This book directly addresses these issues. It examines the ethical and practical issues of researching within violent and divided societies. It provides fascinating and factual case studies from Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa. The authors provide insights about researching conflict in Africa that were gained through fieldwork experience. This book is of interest to all researchers studying Africa, and those involved in research about, and within, societies experiencing conflict and violence.

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Contents

Introduction
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Ethical methodological and policy issues
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The role of
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Elisabeth Porter is INCORE Research Director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Gillian Robinson is INCORE Director and ARK Director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Marie Smyth is reader in contemporary political violence at the University of Wales, Aberyswyth. Albrecht Schnabel is a senior fellow in the Research Division of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Switzerland. Eghosa Osaghae is a professor of political science and vice-chancellor of Igbinedion University, Nigeria.

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