Top-down and bottom-up narratives of peace and conflict
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- Pages: 16
- Published Date: April 21, 2016
- Volume/Issue: 36/3
- Publisher: SAGE Publications
Based on findings from the Everyday Peace Indicators project, the article considers how top-down and bottom-up narratives and understandings of conflict often differ. The article posits that top-down narratives are often the result of a peculiar framing system that imposes imaginaries on conflicts and those experiencing them. The bottom-up narratives, based on research in South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe, show that localised perceptions of peace, safety and security are not only articulated in different ways to top-down narratives but also raise different issues.
Roger Mac Ginty