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ERIC Number: EJ1132986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
The Clash of Practice: Political Controversy and the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission
Bueger, Christian
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v7 n2 p171-191 May 2011
Controversy is at the heart of politics. Theories of practice offer a productive way of understanding controversies and potentially negotiating in them. In this paper, drawing on the work of Theodore Schatzki, Michel Callon and Bruno Latour, I introduce a heuristic for understanding controversies. I argue that what is often at stake in controversies are different types of practices of how a political issue should be handled. I introduce five of these types of practices. I analyse a case from global politics to demonstrate the value of such a perspective--the controversies in the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission are analysed as clashes between different practices of handling peacebuilding.
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Language: English
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