War and peace? An agenda for peace research and practice in geography

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Author(s)Megoran N
Publication type Article
JournalPolitical Geography
Year2011
Volume30
Issue4
Pages178-189
ISSN (print)0962-6298
ISSN (electronic)1873-5096
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In 1885, Kropotkin called for geography to be ‘a means of dissipating [hostile] prejudices’ between nations that make conflicts more likely, and ‘creating other feelings more worthy of humanity’. As a body of scholars, we have risen far more ably to the negative task of ‘dissipating’ than to the positive charge of ‘creating’: Geography is better at researching war than peace. To redress that imbalance, we need both to conceptualise more clearly what we mean by peace, and make a commitment to researching and practising it. These arguments are made with reference to the broader literature and research along the Danish/German, Israeli/Palestinian and Kyrgyz/Uzbek interfaces.
PublisherPergamon
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.12.003
DOI10.1016/j.polgeo.2010.12.003
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