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About Zoë Marriage

Zoë Marriage is Senior Lecturer in the Development Studies Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she teaches on Security. Zoë has researched extensively in countries affected by conflict in Africa. She is the author of Not Breaking the Rules, Not playing the game. International Assistance to Countries at War (2006, Hurst & co) and more recently has focused on the relationship between security and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Currently Zoë is working on a political economy of capoeira; she trains capoeira with Cordão de Ouro, London.

Articles by Zoë Marriage

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

La violence du pouvoir, l'exclusion des civils et le M23

Les pays occidentaux décrivent la violence à l'est de la RDC comme un échec cuisant : des personnes et des événements au Congo (ou au Rwanda) ont provoqué l'échec des processus de paix et de développement. Mais le M23 est le résultat direct de processus qui légitiment la violence du pouvoir. Read this in English.

Violent power, civilian exclusion and the M23

Violence in eastern DRC is portrayed by western countries in terms of abject failure: people or events in the Congo (or Rwanda) have caused peacebuilding and development processes to fail. But the M23 is a direct result of processes that legitimate violent power. Français.

Capoeira and security: the view from upside-down

Through an account of capoeira, the Brazilian dance-fight-game, we uncover two simultaneous stories of security: first, the gradual monopolisation of violence by the state; second, a somatic, lyrical representation of a history of violence, oppression and liberation.

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