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Grass-roots Paths in the Land of One Thousand Hills: What Rwandans are Doing to Take Peacebuilding and Genocide Prevention into Their Own Hands and Its Impact on Concepts of Self and Other

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dc.contributor.advisor Mantz, Jeffrey W.
dc.contributor.author Mandel, Beth Robin
dc.creator Mandel, Beth Robin
dc.date 2014-07-31
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-27T19:34:24Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-31T06:38:29Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-27
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9100
dc.description.abstract This thesis calls for the study of traditional peacebuilding in present day Rwanda. In particular, it addresses an existing need for further research on the impact of grass-roots initiatives spearheaded by citizens that are not the design of governments, NGOs, or religious groups. What little research has been done on traditional peacebuilding today takes these entities as the orchestrator and narrator of peaceful ideals, such as unity, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The focus is often on portraying these entities in either a favorable or critical manner, with discussion largely revolving around them and the identities they attempt to construct. Such research absolutely has its merits, however, there is also an equally strong need to place the person and society (not only government, NGOs, or religious institutions) at the center when studying concepts of identity. Human agency can not be overlooked in favor of political, civic, or religious discussion nor reduced to mere acts of accord or resistance. The complexity of how agency intertwines with these realms must be examined, as they constantly play off and influence one another. Concepts of identity are ultimately held by individuals and must not be lumped together as some static narration by influential entities. Such an examination must also be properly situated across history –not only within political and economic scapes but ever evolving and intersecting cultural spheres influenced by local, regional, and global factors that consider, among many other things, the environment, basic needs, human psychology, and the day to day lived realities of people and their perceived familial and cultural obligations. This thesis not only calls for the exploration of traditional peacebuilding and examination of concepts of identity, it makes the case for the relevance of such analysis by linking identity to relationships, relationships to peace, and peace to genocide prevention. Therefore, it is believed and hoped that the ideas put forth here be applied to assist in gauging whether or not a society is moving towards or away from peace.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Beth Robin Mandel en_US
dc.subject Rwanda en_US
dc.subject genocide en_US
dc.subject genocide prevention en_US
dc.subject peacebuilding en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.title Grass-roots Paths in the Land of One Thousand Hills: What Rwandans are Doing to Take Peacebuilding and Genocide Prevention into Their Own Hands and Its Impact on Concepts of Self and Other en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.note This thesis was embargoed by the author and will not be available until July 2019. en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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