Ritual and the Politics of Reconciliation

Marc Howard Ross

in From Conflict Resolution to Reconciliation

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166439
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849796 | DOI:
Ritual and the Politics of Reconciliation

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Political scientists would usually undermine the role of reconciliation in peacemaking at the level of international relations as reconciliation is viewed to be more often than not used in less complex situations such as personal relations and face-to-face groups. In political science, peacemaking concerns developing behavioral patterns grounded on a reward and punishment or incentives system. This chapter attempts to clarify the notion of reconciliation and who will be undergoing this process, whether reconciliation is required in peacemaking, what the effects of reconciliation are, and through what mechanisms does reconciliation work. This is done by taking ritual action into account in re-evaluating ethnic conflicts.

Keywords: international conflict; political science; personal relations; incentives; behavioral patterns; ethnic conflicts; ritual

Chapter.  11235 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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