The mobilization of inclusive and shared narratives has been at the centre of peace-building strategies. Peace workers have primarily focused on transcending identity-based boundaries, and peace activities often aim to bridge ethnic divides by highlighting shared values and promoting cultural exchange.
Identifying weaponization techniques help to understand efforts to prevent, counter and reverse it, and how to design future counter and/or prevention/reversal strategies.
A simple counter-weaponization technique is to construct narratives of cultural sameness, such as through a “common in-group identity model”. As, protecting, regenerating and promoting inclusive narratives is powerful. It can begin to prevent and counter exclusive identities and contribute to conflict resolution/transformation.
Counter or alternative narrative construction and promotion techniques are a process of weaponized identity disarmament. These techniques attempt to engage the brute force of weaponization through (ideally) equally or more powerful inclusive narratives.
However, a dynamic analytical model like positioning theory can attempt to combat the broad spectrum of weaponization techniques, by providing a detailed and dynamic picture of which narrative components are being manipulated/removed and how the reassociations are taking place.
If we can understand precisely which cultural narratives and discursive components are being targeted, and model the effects of the manipulations, we can begin to build weaponized identity disarmament strategies which are able to counter systematically the divisive process in dynamic, resonant and effective ways.