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Peacebuilding, Memory and Reconciliation by Genevieve Parent, Bruno Charbonneau

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Chapter 9

Restorative moments

From First Nations people in Canada to conflicts in an Israeli–Palestinian dialogue group

David Senesh

Innovative perspectives on psychosocial pathology and healing emphasize the importance of the community in managing its own conflicts and mediating solutions. Professionalized help and adversarial approaches to justice and well-being compartmentalize and underestimate the competence of the community and its efficacy in healing itself, leading to weaker communities and individuals (McKnight 1995). Assessing the needs of a community in manners that do not respect its cultural diversity and its members’ phenomenology, which may differ from Western ethnocentricity, may run the risk of conducting oppressive postcolonial ...

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