ERIC Number: EJ830770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
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Why There Can Be No Conflict Resolution as Long as People Are Being Humiliated
Lindner, Evelin G.
International Review of Education, v55 n2-3 p157-181 May 2009
This paper discusses how conflict resolution and reconciliation, in their interplay with emotions, are embedded into two current trends: the transition toward increasing global interdependence, and the call for equal dignity for all. In a traditional world of ranked honour, humiliation is often condoned as a legitimate and useful tool; however, in terms of human rights it is seen as a violation of humanity. This article argues that the norms of equal dignity are worth supporting for two reasons: first, the human rights framework promotes quality of life, and second, it is the best way to tackle increasing global interdependence. Yet, there is a caveat. While feelings of humiliation in the face of debasing conditions are an important resource in that they emotionally "fuel" the human rights movement, they also represent what the author calls the "nuclear bomb of the emotions" that, if instrumentalised, can power cycles of humiliation and atrocities. Only if the implementation of human rights is approached hands-on and these feelings converted into Mandela-like social transformation to form a decent global village can the human rights movement fulfil its promise and humiliation be transcended.
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Conflict, Quality of Life, Social Change, Conflict Resolution, Psychological Patterns
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