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Introduction: Civicness in conflict

Kaldor, Mary and Radice, Henry (2022) Introduction: Civicness in conflict. Journal of Civil Society, 18 (2). pp. 125-141. ISSN 1744-8689

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17448689.2022.2121295

Abstract

This article is the introduction to a special issue on ‘Civicness in Conflict’. Civicness is defined in three ways: (i) as a logic of public authority, that speaks to ideas of rights-based, inclusive rather than exclusive political orders; (ii) as a form of behaviour, acting ‘as if’ such a logic existed; and (iii) as a political position, articulated against uncivic politics, in particular the combination of endemic corruption, ethnic or religious sectarianism and economic and social injustice. The introduction traces some conceptual, historical and vernacular entry points, before summarizing empirical research that points to the prevalence of civicness in all three senses in contemporary conflicts. It emerges even without free and secure spaces, and it often represents a strategy of survival. We also suggest that whether or not civicness is merely a way of surviving in conflict contexts or whether it represents an opening for challenging the dominant war logics depends to a degree on the character of international involvement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: J Political Science
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2022 17:48
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2023 14:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/117291

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