Introduction: The Significance of Cultural Diversity on Peace-Building in Divided Societies

  • Cathy Bollaert
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)


This chapter introduces the main thesis of this book, i.e. the impact that identity and different interpretations of reality (worldviews) have on building a sustainable peace in societies emerging from conflict. It argues that competing worldviews are a significant, and often underappreciated, contributor to conflict and a barrier to their successful solution. For peace-building interventions to become sustainable worldview needs to be taken into consideration or it can risk hardening intergroup boundaries and the use of lethal violence. The chapter also introduces the South African case study and provides notes on the methodology underpinning the research informing this book.


South africa Sustainable peace Worldview Intergroup conflict Culture 


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  • Cathy Bollaert
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  1. 1.Ulster UniversityBelfastUK

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