Peace-Making And The Imagination: Papua New Guinea Perspectives

Peace-Making And The Imagination: Papua New Guinea Perspectives

Papua New Guinea Perspectives

by Andrew StrathernPamela J. Stewart and Dr Pamela J. Stewart

Publication Date: 06/10/2011

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Revenge in response to violence risks the escalation of conflict. Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart argue that in communities where violence must instead be paid for through compensation, violent must instead be paid for through compensation, violent conflict can be contained. Peace-making and the Imagination explores the balance between revenge and compensation in the peace-making process. with primary reference to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and comparisons with cases from Africa, Pakistan and other arenas of tribal social formation, the authors explore how rituals - wealth disbursement, oath taking, sacrifice, formal apologies - are often used as a means of averting or transcending acts of revenge after violence. Compensation - and its broader ethos of reciprocal exchange relations - enables peace-making by reframing violent acts and reducing the influence of terror in social life. Peace-making and the Imagination presents a thoughtful and creative approach to the transformation of violent conflict.
ISBN:
9780702239083
Category:
Peace studies & conflict resolution
Publication Date:
06-10-2011
Language:
English
Series:
New Approaches to Peace and Conflict
Publisher:
University of Queensland Press
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
227x153x23mm
Weight:
0.43kg
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