By Susanne Buckley-Zistel
Drawing at the inspiration of hermeneutics the ebook argues that the successes and setbacks of clash transformation in Teso could be understood via studying the impression of reminiscence, identification, closure and tool on social switch and demands a entire attempt of facing the prior in war-torn societies.
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According to William Zartman, ‘[c]onflict management practices are considered traditional if they have been practiced for an extended period and have evolved within . . 57 However, in much of the developing world, colonialism – and subsequent Western influence – had a devastating impact on local cultures and the availability of traditional knowledge. Harmful for traditional structures were, inter alia, the competing and at times conflicting values and norms introduced by Western-style education and governance systems, the promotion of Christianity or Islam, 24 Conflict Transformation and Social Change in Uganda the introduction of the centralised modern nation-state and of capitalist market economies, as well as the increase in mobility due to the provision of transport and telecommunication.
20 This power is manifested in turning the indispensable other into the evil other. ’21 Connolly hence argues that the paradoxical element in the relation of identity to difference is that we cannot dispense with personal and collective identities, but the multiple drives to stamp truth upon those identities function to convert difference into otherness and otherness into scapegoats created and maintained to secure the appearance of a true identity. 22 Hence, according to Connolly, communities which are uncertain about their own identity have a tendency to affirm this identity through increasing the difference between members and non-members leading to an exaggeration of the differences.
9 Yet, this is not to suggest that structures are merely constructed by action, but rather that actions reproduce them as conditions, as rules and resources, that makes agency possible. So one important insight that derives from Giddens’s structuration theory is that structural properties come into existence through agency as much as agency is constituted through structural properties. And yet, in order to have some impact on structural properties one single act is insufficient – only through repeated action, over space and time, is the agent able to exercise some influence.
Conflict Transformation and Social Change in Uganda: Remembering after Violence by Susanne Buckley-Zistel