New book: The Peace Continuum


The book “The Peace Continuum – What It Is and How to Study It”, written by Christian Davenport, Erik Melander, and Patrick Regan, has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

The authors note that the idea of studying peace - over studying war, genocide and political violence and then inferring about peace - has gained considerable traction in the past few years after languishing in the shadows of conflict for decades. But how should it be studied? The Peace Continuum offers a parallax view of how we think about peace and the complexities that surround the concept (i.e., the book explores the topic from different positions at the same time). Toward this end, the authors review existing literature and provide insights into how peace should be conceptualized - particularly as something more interesting than the absence of conflict. Additionally, they provide a framework for understanding how peace and conflict have/have not been related to one another in the literature.

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