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”I NEVER GIVE UP ON PEOPLE”: Community Leaders’ Belief in Returnee Redeemability
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Following the onset of the Syrian Civil War, the issue of foreign fighters has gained substantial attention, not least as thousands of Europeans travelled to align themselves with armed groups in the conflict. Although not a new phenomenon historically speaking, this caused widespread concern, particularly when some of these travelers began to return to their home countries. Consequently, this caused some practitioners to advocate for reintegration measures. This study focuses on the latter by combining DDR and criminology literature to explore the role of community leaders in reintegration processes. Belief in Redeemability among community leaders is identified as a favorable condition for reintegration. By exploring Belief in Redeemability among community leaders in Vivalla and Varberga/Oxhagen, the study attempts to further develop theoretical approaches within the field, as well as contribute with further insight to peacebuilding in non-conflict settings. The data consists of 9 in-depth interviews which were analyzed through a focused, structured comparison of discursive themes. The findings display discursive themes which may indicate that encounters between community leaders and Returnees affect how leaders legitimize attitudes associated with a Belief in Redeemability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 81
Keywords [en]
Returnees, Belief in Redeemability, Community Leaders, Contact Theory, DDR, Community Reintegration, Vivalla, Varberga/Oxhagen.
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353441DiVA, id: diva2:1217354
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Sciences
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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