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Peace and the Killing: Compatible Logics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Marriage, Zoe (2016) 'Peace and the Killing: Compatible Logics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.' In: Anderton, Charles and Brauer, Jurgen, (eds.), Economic Aspects of Genocide, Mass Killing, and Their Prevention. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

The trade of mineral resources contributed to the mechanisms of mass killing in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the war that started in 1998. The peace agreed in 2002 moved to reverse the economic logic of the violence by incentivizing belligerents to contest politically. Investigating the shift in the economic configuration, this chapter argues that the focus on high profile actors and high value goods, alongside the oversight of violence, excluded much of the population and their economic activities from the peace. The chapter concludes that the peace impeded the deaths by invading armies, but has contributed to other forms of mass killing by rendering the population irrelevant to the country’s economic and political development. This is of broader significance for the analysis of other post-war contexts in which sections of the population are excluded from bargains that prioritize the economic appeasement of elite belligerents.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISBN: 9780199378296
Depositing User: Zoe Marriage
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 11:35
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19187

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