Workshop: Explaining Restraint: Why some “militants” do not do as much violence as they could

This workshop is concerned with processes of restraint at micro-, meso- and macro-levels, and will be published as a special issue.

At each of these levels of analysis, contributors are asked to examine and reflect on one or more of a number of cross-cutting questions and themes.

The first of these is about how processes of restraint emerge and are sustained.

The second concerns the evolution of emergent distinctions between ‘appropriate’ or ‘acceptable’ and ‘inappropriate’ or ‘unacceptable’ violence over time, across different contexts and in relation to different types of violence.

The third question concerns what makes processes of restraint ‘work’ and ‘fail’. With regards to each of these topics, particular attention will be given to questions about how the nature, application and effectiveness of the ‘brakes’ on violent escalation is shaped both by intra-movement processes and by interactions between movement actors and various external actors, including but not limited to the state security forces or opposition groups, and variations in their use of force.

The final theme concerns how researchers, policymakers and practitioners might most profitably conceptualise the processes of restraint that are described.

The workshop is for invited researchers, please contact for inquiries.

Published Dec. 18, 2019 10:57 AM - Last modified Dec. 18, 2019 10:57 AM