Conflict Management

Conflict Management

Although my initial research interests were organised around farming knowledge, very quickly I became interested in processes for conflict management in rural Punjab. Over the years, I have carried out research on local conflict management, state elections and models of social control in both urban and rural Pakistan.

This interest has extended to a focus on political violence and securitisation both in Pakistan and the region. While I have written about political violence and insurgency activities, I have tried to avoid allowing the complexity of Pakistan’s social and cultural landscape to become reduced to questions of political violence.

Significant publications

Lyon, S. M. (2002). Local arbitration and conflict deferment in Punjab, Pakistan. Anthropologie.40(1), 59–71.

Lyon, S. M. (2002). Power and patronage in Pakistan [PhD in Anthropology, University of Kent].

Lyon, S. M. (2004). An anthropological analysis of local politics and patronage in a Pakistani village. Edwin Mellen Press.

Lyon, S. M. (2004). ‘Indirect’ symbolic violence and rivalry between equals in rural Punjab, Pakistan. Durham Anthropology Journal.12(1), 37–50.

Lyon, S. M. (2004). Modeling Context in Punjabi Conflict Resolution: Social Organizations as Context Agents. Cybernetics and Systems.35(2–3), 193–210.

Lyon, S. M. (2005). Culture and Information: An Anthropological Examination of Communication in Cultura Domains in Pakistan. Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal36(8), 919–932.

Lyon, S. M. (2005). In the shadow of September 11: Multiculturalism and Identity Politics. In T. Abbas (Ed.), Muslim Britain: Communities Under Pressure (pp. 78–91). Zed.

Lyon, S. M. (2019). Patronage and Clientelism. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, J. W. Sakshaug, & R. A. Williams (Eds.), SAGE Research Methods Foundations. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Lyon, S. M. (2019). Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage and Government Stability. Lexington Books.

Lyon, S. M. (2019). Conflict and Security. In The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology