Peacebuilding in complex social systems

Loode, Serge (2011) Peacebuilding in complex social systems. Peace, Conflict and Development, 18: 1-15.

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Author Loode, Serge
Title Peacebuilding in complex social systems
Journal name Peace, Conflict and Development
ISSN 1742-0601
Publication date 2011-12
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 18
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K.
Publisher University of Bradford
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article adds to the critical literature on peacebuilding and development by applying a complex systems science perspective to the discussion about success or failure of peacebuilding interventions. It describes the communities that peacebuilders work in as complex social systems and focuses on the interdependence of actors and the systemic patterns that their interactions create. From this background the article argues that peacebuilding and development are non- linear processes that cannot be planned with certainty and that successful peacebuilding ought to be an evolutionary process, which focuses on building and transforming relationships to rebuild multidimensionality in protracted-conflict situations. One way to do this is through intergroup dialogue processes, which apply the abstract principles of complex systems science in small-group interactions and assist in transforming the conflict landscape.
Keyword Peacebuilding
Complex social systems
Non-linear processes
Social emergence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes "Published February 2012". Special Issue: "Approaches to Peace and Conflict, what is missing?". This article is the revised and expanded version of a paper presented at 2010 IPRA Global Conference ‘Communicating Peace’, University of Sydney, Australia, 6-10 July 2010.

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Created: Tue, 21 Feb 2012, 15:37:06 EST by Mr Serge Loode on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies