Researching conflict in Africa: insights and experiences

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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 publication examines the ethical and practical issues of researching within violent and divided societies, drawing on case studies from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa.

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Elisabeth Porter is INCORE Research Director. INCORE (International Conflict Research) is a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster.