This chapter connects the concept of identity to mid-space actors involved in hybrid peacebuilding. The power of identity draws attention to the process of framing and othering as important factors contributing to successful bridge-building across diverse actors during hybrid peacebuilding. Buddhist monks in post-conflict Cambodia are exemplar. How and why monks both succeeded and failed in their role as bridge-builders will be evaluated. Identity frames and networks of mid-space actors predisposes them to excel in particular fields and fail in others. The concept of identity is therefore an important way to explain why and how a mid-space actor may transform from being a bridge-builder into a spoiler during the process of hybrid peacebuilding.
|Title of host publication
|Operationalisation of Hybrid Peacbuilding in Asia: From Theory to Practice
|Yuji Uesugi, Anna Deekeling, Sophie Shiori Umeyama, Lawrence McDonald-Colbert
|Place of Publication
|Number of pages
|Published - 2021
|Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia