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

By Susanne Buckley-Zistel

Drawing at the inspiration of hermeneutics the booklet argues that the successes and setbacks of clash transformation in Teso will be understood via reading the impression of reminiscence, identification, closure and gear on social swap and demands a accomplished attempt of facing the earlier in war-torn societies.

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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. As a consequence, apologies have to be performed publicly, in front of all community members who bear some responsibility regarding the role a culprit plays in their society.

It is, however, important to acknowledge that there cannot be a romantic return to a past before external influences but that, as always and everywhere, local traditions develop over time through internal and external stimuli. 59 Present efforts to revive traditional conflict management have to take their historical adaptation, modernisation and sometimes institutional formalisation into account. 60 Moreover, restoring to the past is always selective and determined by the needs and perspective of the present.

3 It is hence not autonomous agency or rational choice that guides the selection; rather it is the individual’s belonging to a spatio-temporal community that defines who she or he is and how she or he acts. In her argument, Jabri borrows from Anthony Giddens’s structuration theory that suggests that social practice is ordered across space and time. 4 In Giddens’s structural properties ‘structure only exists internal to . . 5 However, Giddens does not suggest that structural properties determine agency.

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