Stories in reconciliation

reflections on community participation for restoring relationships and transforming conflict

Valentina Baú

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Abstract

In societies that are emerging from conflict, it is important to focus on the identification and the creation of tools that allow for nonviolent resolutions of the tensions that were aroused as a consequence of the violence. This article contributes to that project by offering reflections on the importance of a dialogic truth in the process of reconciliation within and between communities. This is addressed, in particular, through the exploration of a space where the views of both victims and perpetrators are considered and expressed through stories that are intended to affect both individuals and the community. The discussion brings together notions of social healing, theories of conflict transformation, and experiences of reconciliation, with a particular focus on the African context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-57
Number of pages16
JournalPeace studies journal
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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