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Civil Society in Conflict

Egelund, Line Marie Danstrøm LU (2015) FKVK02 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This paper aims to explore the role of the Syrian civil society in the ongoing conflict from the concept of transitional justice. Broadening the civil society understanding provides a tool to approach the overlooked social capital in the Syrian society. Exploring the approach from non-profit groups to victims, I aim to understand a possible approach to transitional justice in Syria. I argue for the importance of an open approach when addressing civil mechanisms and social capital in Syria. Especially groups considered “uncivil” have to be included in the civil society. Focusing on civil society provides knowledge about resources in the Syrian society, both in the present time of conflict, but also for a possible transition towards peace.... (More)
This paper aims to explore the role of the Syrian civil society in the ongoing conflict from the concept of transitional justice. Broadening the civil society understanding provides a tool to approach the overlooked social capital in the Syrian society. Exploring the approach from non-profit groups to victims, I aim to understand a possible approach to transitional justice in Syria. I argue for the importance of an open approach when addressing civil mechanisms and social capital in Syria. Especially groups considered “uncivil” have to be included in the civil society. Focusing on civil society provides knowledge about resources in the Syrian society, both in the present time of conflict, but also for a possible transition towards peace. This thesis elaborates that a Syrian bottom-up approach supports the idea of an “Arab” transitional justice clinching with liberal democracy, especially when the state-frame is debated. Regional differences regarding rule is part of the problem. When aiming for liberal democracy other forms of democracy and rule in general are excluded beforehand and thereby determining new groups –and some of the same, as “uncivil”. (Less)
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Egelund, Line Marie Danstrøm LU
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alternative title
A case study on the role of Syrian civil society in the ongoing conflict in Syria, seen in the light of Syrian non-profit organisations’ bottom-up approach to transitional justice
course
FKVK02 20151
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
transitional justice, Syria, civil society, bottom-up, conflict transformation, victim, conflict society, intractable conflict, al-Assad
language
English
id
5435459
date added to LUP
2015-07-14 12:27:46
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2015-07-14 12:27:46
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  abstract     = {This paper aims to explore the role of the Syrian civil society in the ongoing conflict from the concept of transitional justice. Broadening the civil society understanding provides a tool to approach the overlooked social capital in the Syrian society. Exploring the approach from non-profit groups to victims, I aim to understand a possible approach to transitional justice in Syria. I argue for the importance of an open approach when addressing civil mechanisms and social capital in Syria. Especially groups considered “uncivil” have to be included in the civil society. Focusing on civil society provides knowledge about resources in the Syrian society, both in the present time of conflict, but also for a possible transition towards peace. This thesis elaborates that a Syrian bottom-up approach supports the idea of an “Arab” transitional justice clinching with liberal democracy, especially when the state-frame is debated. Regional differences regarding rule is part of the problem. When aiming for liberal democracy other forms of democracy and rule in general are excluded beforehand and thereby determining new groups –and some of the same, as “uncivil”.},
  author       = {Egelund, Line Marie Danstrøm},
  keyword      = {transitional justice,Syria,civil society,bottom-up,conflict transformation,victim,conflict society,intractable conflict,al-Assad},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Civil Society in Conflict},
  year         = {2015},
}