Disrupting cycles of violence in Africa: unlocking complex dimensions of human security

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.B.Maphosa, A.Keasley, Y.Sliep, M.Haavelsrud, C.Hemson, V.Mjimba, O.Bialostocka, S.S.Mutanga
KEYWORDS: AFRICA, VIOLENCE
DEPARTMENT: African Institute of South Africa (AISA)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9430

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Abstract

Disrupting the matrix of domination that feeds systemic inequality and poverty in violence ridden societies unlocks complex dimensions of human security. Self-reproducing cycles of chronic violence, driven by a multifaceted combination of structural and interpersonal factors, undermine any efforts to achieve such security. This policy brief discusses a range of negotiation processes that can mobilise communities to engage in social actions that supply in their own security and peace-making needs. The discussion generates crucial insights and knowledge that may inform and strengthen community-based 'whole-of-society' strategies for the prevention of violence and its gendered dynamics.