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Attitudes Towards Gender Equality and Reconciliation: A Qualitative Case Study of the Rwandan Diaspora in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Research seeking to explore attitudes more favourable to peace, has found a strong relationship between gender equality and peace. Individuals, regardless of biological sex, who hold more gender equal attitudes, tend to hold more peaceful attitudes also. I extend this existing research to a post-conflict environment and examine reconciliatory attitudes. Attitudes of diaspora members, and especially conflict-generated diaspora, are under researched in peace and conflict research. This thesis asks the research question: how does attitudes towards gender equality influence attitudes towards reconciliation? Drawing from existing literature on the connection between gender equality and peace and social-psychology research on reconciliation, I argue more positive attitudes towards gender equality and more positive gender norms will be associated with pro- reconciliatory attitudes. This leads to the hypothesis: more positive attitudes towards gender equality will be associated with more positive attitudes towards reconciliation. Conducting semi-structure interviews with members of the Rwandan diaspora in Sweden I employ thematic analysis. The empirical findings give modest support for the hypothesis; however, contradictions in the data present complications for the theory. The analysis discusses the interconnectedness of variables and presents alternative explanations, such as the high level of inter-personal trust among the sample.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 74
Keywords [en]
Gender Equal Attitudes, Gender Norms, Reconciliatory Attitudes, Diaspora
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381436OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-381436DiVA, id: diva2:1303386
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Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2019-04-10 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-04-10Bibliographically approved

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