Conflict Transformation and Social Change in Uganda: by Susanne Buckley-Zistel

By Susanne Buckley-Zistel

Drawing at the proposal of hermeneutics the publication argues that the successes and setbacks of clash transformation in Teso should be understood via interpreting the impression of reminiscence, id, closure and tool on social swap and demands a entire attempt of facing the earlier in war-torn societies.

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74 Based on this form of reasoning, mediators often apply metaphors and images as a means of portraying complexity. Myths and tales provide the social fabric in which the participants are situated and to which they conform as a real and imagined community. Rituals and symbols serve to reinforce norms and values, but potentially also power relations. 75 Even the mediators are part of a whole and cannot be disassociated so that, as a consequence, they do not reflect their own personal interests but that of Violent Conflicts and Their Termination 27 their community.

Harmony is such a crucial value that a hostile attitude between disputing parties can be as much penalized as the crime at the origin of the conflict. 70 Restitution, the second aspect, is a necessary mechanism by which to restore harmony. The objective is restorative justice, that is, to restore social relationships and harmony. By contrast, the punishment of the offender, as practised in the Western punitive justice systems, would be understood as a further injury to the community. 71 Traditional conflict management does not understand a dispute to exist between two parties, but between the culprit and the whole community, that is, harm has been done to the whole group.

37 Consequently, when working towards ending a violent conflict it is paramount to address the relationship between the parties to the conflict also. Lastly, the fourth criticism refers to the underlying cultural assumptions of conflict settlement and resolution. 39 In contrast, an Arab position might hold that these side-effects are not nearly as significant as the value of the struggle itself, if it succeeds. Moreover, both conflict resolution and conflict settlement are based on the assumption that facts and values can be separated from each other.

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