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Social Dynamics of Civil Wars

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Project "CIVILWARS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Place du Pantheon 12
city: PARIS
postcode: 75231

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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 Project objective

Each year, civil wars cause hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, ecological disruptions, regional instability. These conflicts encompass many players and their effects are felt not only at the regional level but also within Western societies (refugees, terrorism, sectarian tensions).

Despite this, no systematic comparison of civil wars have been conducted using a qualitative method. Social scientists are struggling to understand these breakdowns of the social order, which are fertile from a theoretical perspective because they de-trivialize the social functioning. In civil war, the partial or total institutional collapse marks the end of the (imperfect) monopoly of the state with regards to violence and justice, challenges the social and ethnic hierarchies and also provokes fluctuation of the economic and social capital.

Accordingly, we will address three questions. First, the sudden and non-anticipated reconfiguration of modes of accumulation and conversion of capitals and the relationship between social fields. Next, the formation of competing institutions by politico-military movements involved in the construction of an alternative political order. Finally, individual adaptations to risks and uncertainty affecting the ability of actors to anticipate the consequences of their actions and reassess their own values and engagement.

The implementation of this program of comparative sociology of civil wars will draw on extensive fieldwork. This requires an adapted methodology for researchers faced with unpredictable situations, where quantitative methods fall short. Prosopography, semi- or unstructured interviews and participant observation are therefore prioritised. The creation of an interdisciplinary team of sociologists, political scientists and anthropologists will be able to carry out research based on thick description, following 25 years of experience by the PI in collecting data and supervising researchers in areas afflicted by civi


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Adam Baczko
Legal Rule and Tribal Politics: The US Army and the Taliban in Afghanistan (2001-13)
published pages: 1412-1433, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12276
Development and Change 47/6 2019-07-04
2017 Adam Baczko, Gilles Dorronsoro
Pour une approche sociologique des guerres civiles
published pages: 309, ISSN: 0035-2950, DOI: 10.3917/rfsp.672.0309
Revue française de science politique 67/2 2019-07-04
2016 Adam Baczko, Gilles Dorronsoro, Arthur Quesnay
Le capital social révolutionnaire
published pages: 24, ISSN: 0335-5322, DOI: 10.3917/arss.211.0024
Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales 211/1 2019-07-04

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