Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development

Civilian Strategy in Civil War

Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines

Authors: Barter, S.

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While typically the victims of war, civilians are not necessarily passive recipients of violence. What options are available to civilians in times of war? This book suggests three broad strategies - flight, support, and voice. It focuses on three conflicts: Aceh, Indonesia; Patani, southern Thailand; and Mindanao, southern Philippines.

About the authors

Shane J. Barter is Associate Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center and Assistant Professor at Soka University of America, USA.

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“The potted histories of each of the conflicts provide some of the most interesting and readable parts of the book. … this is an interesting book and a useful resource for those wishing to understand why civilians in conflict zones do not always, or often, conform to stereotypical patterns of behaviour. Civilians always exercise some degree of agency, if sometimes within constrained parameters, and their responses reveal much about the nature of the conflicts in which they are engaged.” (Damien Kingsbury, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 89 (2), June, 2016)

"A powerful and much-needed study on the role of civilians caught up in civil wars and conflicts. While most studies build on the false dichotomy of civilian and combatant, Barter's ethnographic work unearths the space in-between. This accessible book shatters facile notions of victimhood and is a necessary resource for anyone who wishes to understand wars, conflicts and paths to their resolutions." - Michael Jerryson, Youngstown State University, USA

"This is an important book. Shane Barter upends conventional approaches to civil war by placing civilians and their strategies at the center of analysis. Instead of viewing ordinary people as mere passive victims of war, Barter shows how they are active agents in creating their own fates, weighing and deciding between often agonizing choices. Written with deep sensitivity, this book challenges how we think about civil war." - Edward Aspinall, Australian National University

"This book offers a fascinating account of choices civilians make in civil war. Through an impressive array of interviews in difficult conditions, Barter unveils a much more complex fresco of the strategies that they adopt not only to survive but to defend their status or courageously defy their oppressors. Through the lens of intensive fieldwork primarily in Aceh, this study is a useful corrective to accounts of civil war that place too much emphasis on armed combatants, which sheds new light on how local people negotiate the surrounding violence and destruction.' - Jacques Bertrand, University of Toronto, Canada


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Civilian Strategy in Civil War

    Barter, Shane Joshua

    Pages 1-8

  • Toward a Theory of Civilian Strategy

    Barter, Shane Joshua

    Pages 9-32

  • Empirical Foundations, Aceh

    Barter, Shane Joshua

    Pages 33-58

  • Aceh’s Civilians in War

    Barter, Shane Joshua

    Pages 59-91

  • Explaining Civilian Strategies in Aceh

    Barter, Shane Joshua

    Pages 93-126

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Softcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civilian Strategy in Civil War
Book Subtitle
Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines
Authors
Series Title
Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Shane Joshua Barter
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40299-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137402998
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40298-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48686-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics