Analyzing Reconciliation: A Structured Method for Measuring National Reconciliation Initiatives
2008 (English)In: Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, ISSN 1078-1919, Vol. 14, no 3, 291-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Reconciliation efforts have become an almost routine element of postconflict peacebuilding. From a scientific point of view, we need tools to enable systematic studies of reconciliation. In this article a structured method for studying national reconciliation initiatives is suggested, focusing on public statements and behaviors of those in power. The aim is to contribute to the development of systematic research in the field, by designing a structured method to measure if, when and what kind of reconciliation initiatives promote durable peace and if and when they instead might be an obstacle to peacebuilding. Two widely used sources in peace and conflict research were used for coding: the Regional Survey of the World (RSW) and the Africa Research Bulletin (ARB). The analytical framework, built on Galtung’s well-known conflict triangle and applied to Rwanda and Mozambique, proves to be useful for structuring the analysis of reconciliation at this level. In addition, three hypotheses on reconciliation are generated which would benefit from further research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 14, no 3, 291-313 p.
reconciliation, national level peacebuilding, method and hypotheses development
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Peace and Conflict Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96851DOI: 10.1080/10781910802017354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96851DiVA: diva2:171570