Processes of feelings in a society with a violent past: A qualitative study of the communication for Societal healing in the Truth Commissions in East Timor, Sri Lanka and Ghana between 2002-2011
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The research investigates in what extent and how communication for meeting feelings is provided in Truth Commission work. It examines if and in what way feelings are addressed in the communication officially published by the Truth Commissions in East Timor, Ghana and Sri Lanka, occurring between 2002-2011. The research is also looking at the healing processes in a time perspective to find out if there is a communication for Societal healing to be continued in a longer term. My conclusion is that two cases of three in my research, the TRCs in Ghana and East Timor, have communication clearly directed to meet feelings caused by the war. One of the three cases (East Timor) has a communication with a clear ambition to heal over a longer period, to continue after the existence of the Truth Commission. The research suggests that communication with a clear ambition to reach out widely in the society, a communication directed to meet and process feelings over a longer period, can make Societal healing more effective. It also concludes that, in the future, Societal healing, as a field in conflict resolution, will be more based on representational media than today, provided through web communication.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 47 p.
societal healing, trauma, national healing, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, Priscilla Hayner, David Philott, Wallensten, just and unjust peace, practicing political reconciliation, feelings, reconciliation, forgiveness, justice, post conflict work, peace building, democratic development, political science, civil wars, Ghana, East Timor, Sri Lanka, UN
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-13006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13006DiVA: diva2:651056
Hammar, Björn, Universitetslektor
Sedelius, Thomas, Docent