The Key Concepts
Concept No.1 IDENTITY IS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING
Who do people think they are? What stories do individuals use to identify themselves as members of small groups, national, or international communities? These questions lie at the heart of all the social, economic and political actions and decisions that people make in their lives.
Concept No.2 SOLUTIONS LIE WITHIN
Underneath discrimination and conflict problems lie core questions of identity–do people feel that they are the same or different from each other and how so? Solutions can be found by exploring what is going on between communities (inter-group solutions). However, a focus on how people have conceived themselves as members of their own cultural groups (intra-group solutions) can reveal new opportunities to repair and regenerate divided communities.
Concept No.3 PEOPLE RESPOND TO NEW EXPRESSIONS OF WHO THEY ARE
Individuals respond to newly expressed ideas of who they are and who they can potentially be. This “reframing” of the cultural histories and traditions that people use to express themselves can often cause large scale violent human conflict (e.g. Bosnia, Rwanda). This very same reframing of identities, however, can be effective in building cohesion, preventing conflict and solving problems.
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