Crossing Boundaries During Peace and Conflict: Transforming by Melanie Hoewer (auth.)

By Melanie Hoewer (auth.)

The e-book takes the reader into the realm of ladies who turn into actively fascinated about a variety of mobilization strategies within the peace and clash events in Chiapas and in Northern eire. Detailing how ladies pass identification obstacles in areas of clash, the ebook combines conventional and qualitative learn tools in groundbreaking new research.

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The different circumstances in Chiapas and in Northern Ireland required different field research approaches. My field research in Northern Ireland (December 2009–February 2010 and in November and December 2010) focused on field observation and individual interviews. 9 Being respectful of people’s busy schedules and following the advice of my collaborators, I did not organize additional workshops in Northern Ireland. In Chiapas, I conducted sixteen interviews and two focus groups, which were organized with and for female indigenous human rights, peace, and women’s rights activists in the form of active-participative workshops.

Questions arising in this context are: How do certain identities become important for individuals? How are they triggered? How and when do identities lose their significance? Individuals vary in the way they experience the sense of belonging within a particular identity category in different situations and at different moments in time. In order to make sense of the differing contents and processes of collective identification, I will look at collective identity in historical time. This enables me to trace patterns of change and to explore how the individual frames identity contents in each phase of the conflict and conflict settlement process.

Challenges in organizing these events were a) the high illiteracy levels among indigenous female participants and b) the practical and methodological problem choosing a common language for A ddr e s s i ng C om p l e x i t y a n d D i f f e r e nc e 39 the workshop. The first language of thirteen of the fifteen participants was Tseltal; some did not speak or did not want to speak Spanish; they felt this would reproduce existing ethnic power hierarchies. In order to find an appropriate solution for these problems and to give participants ownership on the project, we included them in the organization process of the workshop.

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