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Yet how do they alter their antagonistic relationship into mutual acceptance? How does the termination of a violent conflict lead to actual long-term transformation and social change? And how can this be analysed? In order to respond to these questions it is first of all necessary to develop a theoretical concept for analysing change after violent conflicts. To this end, built on recent post-positivist contributions to IR theory, this chapter seeks to develop a framework for analysing the emergence, or invention, of peace.
While the book is primarily concerned with the analysis of conflict transformation the final chapter opens up the scope through comparing different instruments of dealing with the past of a violent conflict in order to redress the antagonistic relationships between the parties to the conflict and to lead to a more sustainable peace. Transitional justice, reconciliation initiatives and unification policies are all vehicles to contribute to social change after the experience of violence. However, they all follow different objectives and strategies, and have different impacts on the relationship between the parties, so that their application or combination has to be carefully considered.
25 The ‘binding’ of societies can be based on a hegemonic discourse which does not allow for dissident voices, and it may consist in demonising anybody who is not a part of this ‘we-group’; a process of boundary drawing and demarcation is set in motion.