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Geostrategies for both power and peace in KwaZulu-Natal: a neorealist analysis

  • Griggs Richard 
Postmodernity and the Territorial Discourse of Peace


A neorealist analysis that interrelates structure, agency and discourse in the context of action-based categories is utilized to examine the spatial dynamics of the peace process in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa where some 15,000 people have died in ten years of politically-motivated killings. The tactics employed by the two principle actors to influence the territorial distribution of power result in discursive formations and political structures that can contradict the requirements for building peace. By examining the geostrategic objectives, power bases, alliances and tactics of each political party one can deduce seven contingent political factors that reproduce spaces of violence and ‘no go’ areas.


Environmental Management Political Party Principle Actor Political Factor Spatial Dynamic 
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  • Griggs Richard 
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  1. 1.University of Cape TownSouth Africa

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