chapter  7
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Emancipatory peacebuilding and civic agency

ByFranzisca Zanker

This chapter draws together the findings on legitimacy for peacebuilding by considering, first, how important is civil society for legitimacy; and second, what does legitimate peacebuilding look like? The chapter contends that using the term civic agency allows us to bypass the complexities of defining civil society and to fully appreciate the many ways that the population can be agents of their own legitimacy. Moreover, the case is made for legitimate peacebuilding as emancipatory in nature and on multiple scales. These scales do not depict a place of peacebuilding 197(local/national) but a type of peacebuilding process.