The Construction of Grievance

@article{Aspinall2007TheCO,
  title={The Construction of Grievance},
  author={Edward Aspinall},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  year={2007},
  volume={51},
  pages={950 - 972}
}
  • E. Aspinall
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution
This article makes a case for extending social constructivist approaches to the study of grievance in natural resource conflicts. It does this by analyzing the separatist conflict in Aceh, Indonesia, which is often portrayed as a paradigmatic resource conflict due to the importance of the natural gas industry there. It is argued here, however, that natural resource exploitation promoted conflict in Aceh only because it became entangled in wider processes of identity construction and was… 
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