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Atrocity Prevention Through Reconciliation?: Testing the Impact of Interpersonal Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the aftermath of mass atrocity, two major questions emerge: how to heal the wounds of violence, and how to ensure that violence does not break out again. This paper explores the links between interpersonal reconciliation efforts and the mitigation of interpersonal-level atrocity risk factors. Using a mixed-methods design of a randomized field experiment and qualitative interviews, it seeks to evaluate the hypothesis that participation in a program that targets interpersonal reconciliation outcomes will lead to a reduction in interpersonal atrocity risk. It does not find support for this hypothesis: attitudes on interpersonal atrocity risk remain largely stable even after participation in an interpersonal reconciliation program. Instead, it finds that majority and minority ethnic groups experience divergent effects of the program, and that participants experience positive contact, de-categorization and re-categorization. It also finds modest changes on measures of identity transformation and coexistence as a result of the program. 

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2016. , 96 p.
Keyword [en]
reconciliation, mass atrocity, atrocity prevention, social identity theory, contact theory
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295336OAI: diva2:933449
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-05 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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