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1. Journal for Peace and Justice Studies: Volume > 26 > Issue: 2
Augostine Ekeno, Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies: An Appraisal of Restorative Justice in Kenya after the 2007/08 Post Election Violence
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This article attempts to demonstrate that the use of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is retributive in praxis to address crimes against humanity in post-conflict societies without concurrent comprehensive political restorative processes, is ineffective. This article uses the Kenyan case after the 2007/8 post-election violence (PEV) to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of a retributive justice approach toward social reconstruction. The main weakness of the ICC as an institution using lies in its narrow focus on and use of retributive justice, as an essential transitional process. This article shows that such an approach, fails, though not absolutely, to efficiently offer a comprehensive process likely to promote possibilities for peace and reconciliation. Thus, the article suggests restorative justice as a necessary political strategy to foster peace and unity in Kenya.
2. Journal for Peace and Justice Studies: Volume > 26 > Issue: 2
Douglas Green, Civil Society, The Confucian Junzi and Transformational Leadership
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One of the defining marks of civil society rests upon the belief that individuals participate in the public square. The public square or civil society is a vast, intermingled body of interaction among institutions and individuals who wish to positively influence society. What I wish to assert is that a paradigmatic individual, the junzi, from a Confucian perspective, will offer a different vantage point in analyzing the complexity of civil society, leadership, peace and conflict studies. My vision is to briefly discuss religion’s relevance to civil society and how the junzi fits into the larger discussion on religion’s participation in civil society through their character, virtues, and transformational style of leadership. In the end, I wish to affirm Confucianism’s style of leadership and ethical standards can offer a more robust understanding of civil society, leadership theory, and add another model to peace and conflict studies.
3. Journal for Peace and Justice Studies: Volume > 26 > Issue: 2
Ibanga B. Ikpe, Mediating Conflicts, Promoting Peace and Preserving Relationships: Lessons From Traditional African Justice Systems
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Why do Conflicts occur? Why do they recur? Why do conflicts escalate and why do they become protracted? These questions have been variously posed by scholars of conflict and there is a rich body of theory that answers them. Although these questions arise for those who intervene in African conflicts and the different conflict theories have been brought to bear trying to contain them, conflicts still occur, escalate, recur and sometimes become protracted. This paper is an attempt to understand why this happens, especially despite third-party interventions. It starts by looking at traditional African third-party conflict interventions and identifies the restoration of relationships as the most important objective of such interventions. It compares contemporary conflict intervention strategies with traditional African approaches and observes that their objectives are remarkably different. It argues that traditional approaches are more responsive to the ideals of society than contemporary approaches which place greater premium on curbing conflict behaviour. While acknowledging the shortcomings of traditional conflict intervention strategies, it argues that there are lessons to be learnt from traditional strategies especially as it relates to promoting peace and maintaining relationships.
4. Journal for Peace and Justice Studies: Volume > 26 > Issue: 2
Regina Munch, Schumacher and the Socialists: From the Labour Party to Guild Socialism, 1950-1979
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German-British economist Ernest Friedrich Schumacher began his career as an exceptional but conventional economist, a devoted member of the British Labour Party. After a visit to Burma in 1955, his economic convictions began to change. No longer certain of the Labour Party program of nationalization and large-scale industrialization, Schumacher developed the concept of “intermediate technology,” something between a Western model of economic growth and an agrarian one. Perhaps best described as a small-scale socialist, he advocated “economics as if people mattered,” and criticized all social, economic, and environmental policies that did not prioritize the individual in community. Today, Schumacher is remembered primarily as an environmentalist, but his environmental work grew from his economic and moral understandings of human flourishing.
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Brian Todd Baer, Transformative Change: An Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
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Kenneth R. Himes, Disarming Conflict
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Tatiana Kravchuk-Capone, Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table
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Valerie Lesniak, Jacques Ellul: Essential Spiritual Writings
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Eli S. McCarthy, The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence Between Daniel and Philip Berrigan
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Gerasimos Tsourapas, Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World
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