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Distributive justice at war: displacement and its afterlives in the Central African Republic

Lombard, Louisa and Picco, Enrica (2019) Distributive justice at war: displacement and its afterlives in the Central African Republic. Journal of Refugee Studies. ISSN 0951-6328

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jrs/fez012

Abstract

One of the defining features of the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2013 has been massive displacement. Currently, about a quarter of the country’s population is displaced. People who have been forcibly displaced, whether internally or abroad, and people who stayed behind this time (but frequently have their own memories of displacement) provide particular kinds of information about war and its not particularly peaceful aftermath. In this article, based on interviews with a broad range of people affected by displacement, we show that Central African views about the prospects for peace are deeply affected by how displacement has shaped tensions over the political senses of distribution (who has a right to what, and on what basis). Who should pay for war, in senses both material and otherwise, and who should be compensated? However, distribution and belonging are not the issues prioritized in the aftermath of war, when elite deals, punitive justice and technocratic recovery plans crowd out treatment of the material justice and belonging questions that dominate neighbourhoods. The political dimensions of material justice in the aftermath of war require more thorough treatment, as listening to people who have experienced displacement makes abundantly clear.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Oxford University Press
Divisions: IGA: Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 14:45
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 23:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100385

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