Zones of Peace

Published by Kumarian Press, 2007
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Synopsis: This title looks at the ways people have used ""sanctuary"" throughout history and in present-day conflicts to avoid or challenge violence. Authors have practical experience in peace zones throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. The notion of having sanctuary from violence or threat has probably existed as long as conflict itself. Whether people seek safety in a designated location, such as a church or hospital or over a regional border, or whether their professions or life situations (doctors, children) allow them, at least in theory, to avoid injury in war, sanctuary has served as a powerful symbol of non-violence. The authors of this collection examine sanctuary as it relates to historical and modern conflicts from the Philippines to Columbia and Sudan. They chart the formation and evolution of these varied ""zones of peace"" and attempt to arrive at a ""theory of sanctuary"" that might allow for new and useful peacebuilding strategies. This book makes a significant contribution to the field of conflict resolution, using case studies to highlight efforts made by local people to achieve safety and democracy amid and following violent civil wars. The authors ground the emerging interest in sanctuary by providing a much needed description of the complexity of these peace zones.

Review: "This study merits attention at a time when our country is committing troops on the ground to create "zones of security" which hopefully will eventually become zones of peace. Readers will be rewarded with ideas generated by accounts of those who have tried what is perhaps the impossible!" ""Zones of Peace" is an innovative book about how ordinary people can resist violence and foster peace proposals, even in the midst of brutal, protracted conflicts. It explores a wide variety of cases worldwide: some of them inspiring successes, others disappointing failures, and several that continue to evolve. "Zones of Peace" is an important step toward understanding the lessons and possibilities of citizen conflict resolution. It offers signposts for how small but concerted, disciplined steps at the local level can make an elusive peace possible." "A comprehensive compendium of experiences and reflections relevant to the current search for peaceful alternatives in the midst of armed conflict. People's security is an imperative for those caught in the crossfire of bitter violent strife, and this work provides hope as well as practical steps in addressing this urgent concern -- from setting up spaces of dialogue to re-affirming sanctuaries of life." "Provides a long overdue comprehensive account of the many significant efforts to create zones of peace during and after armed conflict. The systematic analysis, based on a theory of sanctuary, offers a timely and useful framework for peacebuilders and communities seeking peace in the midst of violence."

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Title: Zones of Peace
Publisher: Kumarian Press
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hardcover
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