From Practice to Theory: Identifying the 'Theories of Practice' and the Role of the Firm in a Sexual Violence Program in Sierra Leone
Posted: 13 Jun 2005
Date Written: June 1, 2005
Traditionally applied research has taken the shape of moving ideas from theory to practice. This paper tries to move from practice to theory in the field of international conflict resolution. First, the paper uses Ross's (2000) Theories of Practice, a framework widely known among conflict resolution practitioners, to examine a project for survivors of sexual violence in Sierra Leone that took place from 2003-2004. Second, in the course of the analysis, the paper shows that the role of the firm is important to understand project outcomes and their impact on peace. The relevance of understanding the theoretical assumptions behind conflict resolution projects and theorizing the role of the firm for both practitioners and researchers is discussed.
Keywords: International Conflict Resolution, Non-governmental organizations, Sexual Violence
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