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Unveiling the puzzle of conflict recurrence through the prism of conflict transformation. Madagascar: from the colonial period to 2016

Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary (2018) Unveiling the puzzle of conflict recurrence through the prism of conflict transformation. Madagascar: from the colonial period to 2016. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.69072) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:69072)

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The conflict trajectory in the cases of Madagascar features highly unstable dynamics composed of various shifts (and no shift) of conflict stages. With nine main successive episodes of conflict spanning a long period of time (the colonial period to 2016), dynamics of escalation, de-escalation and stability (where the level of conflict remains the same) are building up the cycles of peace/conflict processes in this country. The present manuscript studies conflict recurrence in Madagascar and mainly argues that peace is multi-leveled throughout the cycles. Starting from that viewpoint, the concept of conflict transformation is used in explaining the ebbs and flows at play constructing the conflict trajectory. An innovative as well as original conceptual and methodological approach to the study of conflicts, weaving together Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and in-depth narrative analysis was applied. Reactive and non-reactive methods were used to collect the data, which, after being tested with fsQCA, Tosmana and R software, were examined by conducting conflict analysis, semiotics, public policy studies and critical discourse analysis. The Units of analysis in the research design allowing the study of the dynamics of conflict recurrence in Madagascar were the structural factors and parts of the mechanism pertaining to :a) conflict dimensions (cultural, socio-demographic and economic, political and global external), b) repertoires of action the conflicting parties used throughout the shifts (or no shift) of conflict stages, c) their framings of the conflicts, d) the boundary construction of the self/the other and e) the accommodation policies as well as f) the metanarratives and local narratives. On the whole peace and conflict processes in Madagascar.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Azmanova, Albena
Thesis advisor: Guichaoua, Yvan
Thesis advisor: Féron, Élise
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.69072
Additional information: The author of this thesis has requested that it be held under closed access. We are sorry but we will not be able to give you access or pass on any requests for access. 27/10/21
Uncontrolled keywords: Conflict recurrence, conflict transformation, conflict escalation, conflict de-escalation, peacebuilding
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 09:10 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 07:21 UTC
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Razakamaharavo, Velomahanina Tahinjanahary.

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