Contributions and Recommendations: A Worldview Perspective for Peace-Building and Reconciliation in South Africa and Beyond

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


This chapter reviews the contributions and recommendations that the worldview model developed throughout the book makes to peace-building theory and practice. Using the insights gained from the South African case study, the chapter also explores how worldview matters in other protracted conflicts and asks if the seemingly intractable nature of conflict in societies such as Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland and Colombia, and the growth of violent extremism is a massive failure to contextualise peace-building. It also explores the extent to which competing worldviews are contributing to the growth of (in)security in Europe that is provoking racist ideologies and contributing to wakening the far right.


Peace-building Reconciliation Transitional justice Divided societies Protracted conflict Meaning-making 


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  • Cathy Bollaert
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  1. 1.Ulster UniversityBelfastUK

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