The Parable of the Tribes: Identity and Conflict
Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 4(3), 663-675, 2012
13 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012
Date Written: May 9, 2012
The present paper explains the Parable of the Tribes by concentrating on the relationship between identity and conflict. By introducing Jan Neverdeen Pieterse’ seminal work on ethnicity the Parable of the Tribes is explained and analyzed as an example of ethnic conflict. Finally the paper concludes by recommending the adoption of the paradigm of “Human Security” as a viable alternative to choosing from a set of objective criteria as in principled negotiation, or to constructing a brand new shared worldview through dialogic cosmopolitanism and problem solving workshops.
Keywords: Realism, Cosmopolitanism, International Relations, Ethnic Conflict
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