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Agonistic peace and confronting the past: an analysis of a failed peace process and the role of narratives

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Çelik, Ayşe Betül (2021) Agonistic peace and confronting the past: an analysis of a failed peace process and the role of narratives. Cooperation and Conflict, 56 (1). pp. 26-43. ISSN 0010-8367 (Print) 1460-3691 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010836720938401

Abstract

This study analyzes how peace processes in socio-political environments that do not support ‘confronting the past’ (CTP) initiatives are affected by the exclusion and delegitimization of alternative narratives different from dominant ones concerning the nature and history of ethnic conflicts, focusing on Turkey’s failed peace process as a case study. It pays specific attention to the resistance against acknowledging alternatives to dominant narratives by considering the role played by bystanders and antagonistic citizens, who are not directly part of the conflict but nonetheless support it by remaining passive or directly/indirectly supporting dominant narratives. Driven by agonistic peace theory, the article shows how failing to turn these groups into agonistic citizens through some form of agonistic CTP initiative and allowing a space for alternative narratives can result in the fragility of efforts towards a transition to peace.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:agonistic peace, confronting the past, ethnic conflict, Kurdish issue in Turkey, narratives, peace processes
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
ID Code:41720
Deposited By:Ayşe Betül Çelik
Deposited On:22 Aug 2021 18:41
Last Modified:22 Aug 2021 18:41

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