Resilient Communities: Non-Violence and Civilian Agency in Communal War.

Cambridge University Press, 2018.

  • 2019 Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence, Interpretive Methodologies and Methods (IMM) Section of the American Political Science Association sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
  • 2019 Finalist, Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Award

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Reviews: Perspectives on Politics; International Peacekeeping; Global Policy Journal


‘In exploring how and why low-intensity episodes of violence organized around religious identities sometimes escalate into full-fledged ‘communal wars’, this book underlines the dynamic interplay between locals and outsiders, while also highlighting civilian agency under conditions of exceptional duress. With this important and timely study based on extensive fieldwork in Nigeria and Indonesia, Krause succeeds in furthering our understanding of political violence.’ 
Stathis Kalyvas – Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford

‘Krause’s analysis of communal violence in Nigeria and Indonesia makes an important contribution to our understanding of instances when non-violence trumps hatred in ethno-religious conflicts. Her work importantly advances our understanding of how peaceful communities and their institutional capacity emerge, and how people preserve non-violence in the context of a changing conflict zone. 
Kristen Monroe – Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine

‘In this fascinating study, Jana Krause turns conflict studies on its head: rather than only asking why violence breaks out, she asks why violence did not occur in some communities. Based on exceptional fieldwork, this eloquent book points to the power of local leadership and collective agency. In a field of study that can sometimes write individual actors out of the story, Krause’s analysis brings people, community, and agency back in. Hers is a remarkable study that has lessons for scholars, students, and policymakers alike.’ 
Scott Straus – Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

‘This is an excellent book: precisely the kind of detailed, field-based analysis needed for a deeper understanding of the nature and dynamics of communal conflict. The book sheds an important light on the ways in which populations and communities caught up in war adapt and respond to the exceptional circumstances in which they find themselves. Krause has made an important contribution to the field.’ 
Mats Berdal – Professor of Security and Development, Department of War Studies, King’s College London