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Top-down and bottom-up narratives of peace and conflict

by Pamina Firchow

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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.

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