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Drawing at the thought of hermeneutics the e-book argues that the successes and setbacks of clash transformation in Teso could be understood via reading the effect of reminiscence, identification, closure and tool on social switch and demands a accomplished attempt of facing the prior in war-torn societies.

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Introduction 9 well as their other, the Museveni government. The Teso case thus held out the prospect of providing valuable insights into the fusion of horizons. And yet, in the course of the empirical research it became apparent that peace remained shallow. The mediation which ended the insurgency had been successful in bringing the insurgents ‘out of the bush’, but the resentment that started the fighting lingers to this day. People still feel excluded, and despite the promise of development by Museveni the region remains impoverished.

As a result, the process itself is foreseeable for the parties, giving them time and allowing them to save face, if necessary. 78 Yet, traditional conflict management is not necessarily a benign and just mechanism. 79 This can be achieved through ‘implicit sanctions’ through, that is, ‘the subtle but pervasive means by which members of . . 80 By, for instance, creating an image of social harmony on the basis of myths, beliefs and values as part of an ongoing process of socialisation, conformity to the rules is produced and the continuity of the community ensured.

Rituals and symbols serve to reinforce norms and values, but potentially also power relations. 75 Even the mediators are part of a whole and cannot be disassociated so that, as a consequence, they do not reflect their own personal interests but that of Violent Conflicts and Their Termination 27 their community. 76 A further aspect of traditional conflict resolution is that meetings are always held publicly so that all members of a community can witness the proceedings. The community thus also has a stake in the outcome of the mediation, increasing its weight.

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