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Everyday peace in a 'post-conflict' African metropolis: Radio encounters, indeterminacy, fugitivity

Cante, Fabien; (2023) Everyday peace in a 'post-conflict' African metropolis: Radio encounters, indeterminacy, fugitivity. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 10.1111/tran.12609. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Drawing on the ethnography of a multi-ethnic local radio listeners' club in post-war Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the article provides an original account of everyday peace in an African metropolis. It bridges peace geographies and African urban studies to document the informal and often invisibilised practices through which residents re-make the city in the wake of war. In doing so, the article expands existing understandings of everyday peace while reaffirming the concept's radical, decolonial proposition: to seek peace in subaltern lifeworlds, rather than in institutional and interventionist programmes that too often reproduce violent power asymmetries. Through the story of the UFARA listeners' club, emerging out of radio encounters, the article shows how everyday peace articulates a response to different forms of conjunctural and structural violence, including precarity and territorial control. It also points to indeterminacy and fugitivity as lived, affective and political figurations of peace which, while eschewing the trappings of resistance, nonetheless point to the need to imagine peace otherwise.

Type: Article
Title: Everyday peace in a 'post-conflict' African metropolis: Radio encounters, indeterminacy, fugitivity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/tran.12609
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12609
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Authors. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Geography, Abidjan, everyday peace, radio encounters, subaltern practices, urban Africa, urban violence, HYBRID SOVEREIGNTIES, GEOPOLITICS, GEOGRAPHIES, VIOLENCE, POLITICS, LIFE, CITY
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10168912
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