Tim Glawion

Cross-Case Patterns of Security Production in Hybrid Political Orders: their Shapes, Ordering Practices, and Paradoxical Outcomes

Peacebuilding | 2022


  • Abstract

    Examinations of substate security and everyday peace in hybrid political orders are mostly limited to single-case studies or statistical analyses. Seldom are qualitative methods applied with a comparative aim that can unveil patterns of security production. I attempt such an approach by studying 12 cases across the Central African Republic, Haiti, Somaliland, and South Sudan. I investigate (1) where hybrid interactions take place, (2) how they happen and (3) what this means for people’s security. I argue, first, that hybrid ordering shapes socio-geography by separating a rigorously con- trolled inner from a securitised outer circle. Second, I find that actors clash over the use of contrasting ordering principles on a spectrum from stable to fluid. Third, measured security indices, paradoxically, often diverge from how safe people feel depending on public support for the socio-geographical shape and ordering principles applied. These cross-case patterns of hybrid political orders underscore the importance of comparing political ordering processes.

    Forschungsschwerpunkte

    Journal

    Peacebuilding

    Monografie | Cambridge University Press | 2020

    The Security Arena in Africa: Local Order-Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland, and South Sudan

    Die Bezeichnungen "staatliche Fragilität" und "Bürgerkrieg" suggerieren, dass die Sicherheit in mehreren afrikanischen Ländern zusammengebrochen ist. Wie Tim Glawion jedoch beobachtet, erleben die Menschen in einigen Teilen der von Konflikten betroffenen Länder zwar Unsicherheit, in anderen Gebieten leben sie jedoch in relativer Sicherheit.

    Dr. Tim Glawion

    Research Fellow

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