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Critical Reflection: A Pathway to Peacebuilding Engagement?: A study of Photovoice in post-conflict environments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to understand under what conditions can the use of art lead to peacebuilding engagement. The focus is on an art-based approach called Photovoice applied in a post-conflict community. Photovoice is a participatory photography instrument used for initiating dialogue, critical consciousness and social change. I argue that participants’ critical reflection is the factor that facilitates peacebuilding engagement in the community Photovoice was used. Critical reflection can be summarized in four conditions: (1) emotional engagement, (2) active facilitation, (3) social awareness, and (4) sense of agency. Therefore, the hypothesis to be tested is: Photovoice leads to peacebuilding engagement through critical reflection. Organized in a structured focused comparison, this qualitative thesis works to identify the presence of those conditions in three Photovoice cases: (Case 1) reconciliation between ethnic groups in Kenya post-election violence, (Case 2) former child soldiers’ reintegration in Sierra Leone, and (Case 3) refugee resettlement in the United States of America. The findings based on the presence or absence of the conditions in each case will be compared to the actual reported peacebuilding engagement. Empirical investigation signals support for the suggested hypothesis as actual and predicted outcome corresponded in all cases, even if in different levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 67 p.
Keyword [en]
Critical Reflection; Peacebuilding; Photography, Photovoice
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325312DiVA: diva2:1114166
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-06-22Bibliographically approved

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