Unarmed Forces: Civilian Strategy in Violent Conflicts

@article{Barter2012UnarmedFC,
  title={Unarmed Forces: Civilian Strategy in Violent Conflicts},
  author={Shane Joshua Barter},
  journal={Peace \& Change},
  year={2012},
  volume={37},
  pages={544-571}
}
  • S. Barter
  • Published 1 October 2012
  • Political Science
  • Peace & Change
What options are available to civilians faced with war? While civilians tend to be portrayed as helpless victims—and sometimes are—we know that they are not inert. Borrowing from Albert Hirschman, I propose that civilians’ strategies can be understood in terms of flight to safer areas, speaking out to or against armed groups, as support for armed groups, and combinations of these three strategies. This study introduces a simple, intuitive schema for understanding civilian strategies and… 

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