Parts of Africa experience persistent violence and seemingly intractable conflicts. These violent conflicts have drawn researchers seeking to determine and explain why conflicts are prevalent, what makes them intensify, and how conflicts can be resolved. This book examines the ethical and practical issues of researching within violent and divided societies. It provides fascinating and factual case studies from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. The authors provide insights about researching conflict in Africa that can only be gained through fieldwork experience.
Elisabeth Porter is INCORE Research Director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Gillian Robinson is INCORE Director and ARK Director at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Marie Smyth is reader in contemporary political violence at the University of Wales, Aberyswyth. Albrecht Schnabel is a senior fellow in the Research Division of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Switzerland. Eghosa Osaghae is a professor of political science and vice-chancellor of Igbinedion University, Nigeria.