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The Construction of Grievance: Natural Resources and Identity in a Separatist Conflict

Aspinall, Edward


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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Conflict Resolution
DOI: 10.1177/0022002707307120


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