Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict

Reconciliation and Building a Sustainable Peace

Competing Worldviews in South Africa and Beyond

Authors: Bollaert, Cathy

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  • Fills a gap to explore the intersection of worldview and peace-building in the current South African context
  • Draws on qualitative research to provide an in-depth analysis of reconciliation in South Africa
  • Goes beyond normative interpretative frameworks, such as race and class, to argue that worldview has a deeper reach and opens up the space to understand which values are being defended and which values are being acted out
  • Speaks to those in the interdisciplinary fields of peace-building and transitional justice
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This book explores how competing worldviews impact on intergroup relations and building a sustainable peace in culturally diverse societies. It raises the question of what happens in a culturally diverse society when competing values and ways of interpreting reality collide and what this means for peace-building and the goal of reconciliation. Moreover, it provides a valuable and needed contribution to how peace-building interventions can become more sustainable if tied into local values and embedded in a society’s system of meaning-making. The book engages with questions relating to the extent transitional policies speak to universal values and individualist societies and the implications this might have for how they are implemented in collective societies with different values and forms of social organisation. It raises the question of cultural equality and transformation and whether or not this is something that needs to be addressed within peace-building theory. It argues that inculcating worldview into peace-building theory and practice is a vital part of restoring dignity and promoting healing among victims and formerly oppressed groups. This book, therefore, makes an important contribution to what is at best a partially researched topic by providing a deeper understanding of how identity and culture intersect with peace-building when seeking to build a sustainable peace. 


About the authors

Cathy Bollaert is an independent researcher and consultant with a PhD from the Transitional Justice Institute and INCORE at Ulster University. Selected as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, she also holds an MA in African Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Bradford and an MA in Theology from Ghana. She is also an adjunct lecturer in peace and reconciliation studies at Queen's University Belfast.  


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“A fascinating and well-researched book that shows that a failure to understand the worldview of the ‘other’ hardens intergroup boundaries, as such the findings are relevant to myriad of contexts across the globe.” (Brandon Hamber, John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace, Ulster University, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Significance of Cultural Diversity on Peace-Building in Divided Societies

    Pages 1-19

    Bollaert, Cathy

  • The Rainbow Nation: Identity, Intergroup Relations and Worldviews in South Africa

    Pages 21-45

    Bollaert, Cathy

  • Anchoring Concepts: Sustainable Peace, Identity, Culture and Worldview

    Pages 47-81

    Bollaert, Cathy

  • Worldview Diversity Within South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Pages 83-98

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  • Exploring the Diversity of Worldviews in South Africa

    Pages 99-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconciliation and Building a Sustainable Peace
Book Subtitle
Competing Worldviews in South Africa and Beyond
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03655-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03655-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03654-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 209
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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