What is an emancipatory peace?

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There has been frequent reference to the concept of an emancipatory peace in the critical academic literature on peace and conflict studies in IR, much of it rather naive. It has developed an ecosystem of its own within debates on peace without drawing on wider disciplinary debates. Terms such as ‘emancipation’ and its relative, ‘social justice’ are widely used in critical theoretical literature and were common parlance in previous ideological eras. It was clear what such terms meant in the context of feudalism, slavery, imperialism, discrimination, a class system, nuclear weapons and racism over the previous two centuries. Now it is less clear in the context of changing peace praxis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-147
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of International Political Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022

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  • Concept of peace
  • IR theory
  • emancipation
  • justice
  • peacebuilding


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