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Top-down and bottom-up narratives of peace and conflict

Mac Ginty, Roger; Firchow, Pamina


Pamina Firchow


Based on findings from the Everyday Peace Indicators project, the article considers how top-down and bottom-up narratives and understandings of conflict often differ. The article posits that top-down narratives are often the result of a peculiar framing system that imposes imaginaries on conflicts and those experiencing them. The bottom-up narratives, based on research in South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe, show that localised perceptions of peace, safety and security are not only articulated in different ways to top-down narratives but also raise different issues.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2016
Publication Date Aug 1, 2016
Deposit Date May 2, 2019
Journal Politics
Print ISSN 0263-3957
Electronic ISSN 1467-9256
Publisher Political Studies Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Pages 308-323
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