Source: (2003) Canberra: Australian National University, Research School of Social Sciences. Downloaded 1 November 2005.

Two discourses dominate analyses of peace processes and post violence adjustments, those of governance and human rights. Where sociological analysis is undertaken it is focused on issues of truth and justice and tends to be restricted to discussion of truth recovery processes and restorative justice. This paper distinguishes between three types of post violence society and identifies the impact of relational and spatial closeness on their ability to deal with adjustment problems in the post violence setting. It provides a schematic overview of one type, where peace accords attempt to balance relational distance with spatial closeness, in order to draw a much broader picture of the sociological dynamic that accompanies the ending of communal violence. Its central argument is that this sociological dynamic is neglected with the attention given to governance and human rights issues but that the successful management of this sociological dynamic in this one type of post violence society is equally important to its future stability. Author's abstract.


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