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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Violence, Insecurity, and Crime in Development Thought

Violence, Insecurity, and Crime in Development Thought

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(p.379) Chapter 22 Violence, Insecurity, and Crime in Development Thought
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International Development
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Keith Krause

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.003.0023

Ideas and practices of development and security have evolved separately in institutional, scholarly, and non-governmental forums. Recent attempts to re-think the “security–development” nexus have also encountered significant misunderstanding on both sides of the divide, hindering policies and programs to reduce violence, crime, and insecurity in ways that could promote human, social, and economic development. This nexus can be examined through the optics of academic concepts, empirical evidence, and programming experience. This chapter traces the shifting understandings of the link between insecurity and development, to contextual recent debates about the “securitization” of development assistance. An overview of the scope, scale, and distribution of armed violence sets the stage for a more detailed examination of the evidence for the different pathways by which insecurity may undermine development. Finally, some programmatic responses are reviewed to identify how the development community attempts to deal with insecurity related to conflict, crime, and violence.

Keywords:   conflict, violence, crime, development, insecurity, war

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