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WHAT MOTIVATES RECONCILIATION?: A study on participation and acceptance in reconciliation processes 
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Reconciliation is generally studied from the perspective of how the process affects the individual. This study on the contrary, seeks to explain how the individual expectation of the process affects its outcome by investigating the relationship between motives to participate and the outcome of acceptance for your former adversary. A research gap has been identified in studying individual motives for participating in reconciliation processes between social factors as a facilitator for reconciliation and the actual joining of a process. Studying this gap has resulted in support for the hypothesis that individuals with the motive to tell the truth in a process experience high levels of acceptance towards their former adversaries, compared to individuals who participate in a process with the motive of holding the other party accountable for past sufferings. Using the method of in-depth interviews in Cambodia and thematic analysis reveals the main finding that acceptance is facilitated by the mechanisms of acknowledgment and understanding of the other party in combination with active interaction between the parties. This study presents three main recommendations for future ideas and reconciling establishments. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 85 p.
Keyword [en]
Reconciliation, motives, acceptance, truth-telling, accountability, Cambodia
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294479DiVA: diva2:930087
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The Documentation Center of Cambodia
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-09-09 Created: 2016-05-22 Last updated: 2016-09-09Bibliographically approved

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