Understanding the cultural dimension of intractable conflict: What are the implications for peace education practice?

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Rafferty, R. 2014. Understanding the cultural dimension of intractable conflict: What are the implications for peace education practice? Peace Studies Journal.
AuthorsRafferty, R.
Abstract

Societies marked by a sharp ethnic or religious cleavage are vulnerable to outbreaks of mass violence. Understanding the cultural dimension to such conflicts carries important implications for improving peace education practice in divided societies. Typical peace education practices have been criticized for being overly-naïve in ignoring the cultural environment or not doing enough to address the surrounding ‘culture of conflict’. Insights on the cultural dimension of intergroup conflict can help educators to design peace education practices that actively address the role that cultural factors play in perpetuating conflict in their societies. This paper will examine the cultural dimension to intractable conflicts and draw conclusions as to how peace education practice in divided societies can better be shaped to address this phenomenon.

KeywordsEthnicity; Mass violence; Societies
Year2014
JournalPeace Studies Journal
ISSN2151-0806
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624654
hdl:10545/624654
Publication datesJan 2014
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Deposited03 Apr 2020, 15:12
Accepted2014
ContributorsUniversity of Otago
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