Thick Recognition: Advancing thoery on identity change in intractable conlficts

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Thick Recognition: Advancing thoery on identity change in intractable conlficts. / Strömbom, Lisa.

In: European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2014, p. 168-191.

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T1 - Thick Recognition: Advancing thoery on identity change in intractable conlficts

AU - Strömbom, Lisa

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - This study relates the concept of recognition to processes of conflict transformation. The recognition concept has been underdeveloped in recent IR literature, where the main emphasis has been on interstate relations and on recognition as cause of conflict. This article challenges that understanding through the introduction of the concept of thick recognition. Thus an understanding of recognition which is applicable also in intrastate conflicts is developed. Through a strong emphasis on intrastate relations and identity politics, I develop thoughts on how narratives of war can be reversed through the introduction of narratives of recognition. The study thus provides theoretical concepts and distinctions that can be used as a framework for the study of thick recognition and its relationship to broader processes of conflict transformation. The theoretical framework is employed in a case study on the Israeli debates about ‘New History’. Insights from the case contribute to understandings of inhibiting and facilitating circumstances for the introduction of narratives of thick recognition in conflicted societies. The study ends with a discussion on the usefulness of the theoretical concepts for further work on recognition within the field of IR.

AB - This study relates the concept of recognition to processes of conflict transformation. The recognition concept has been underdeveloped in recent IR literature, where the main emphasis has been on interstate relations and on recognition as cause of conflict. This article challenges that understanding through the introduction of the concept of thick recognition. Thus an understanding of recognition which is applicable also in intrastate conflicts is developed. Through a strong emphasis on intrastate relations and identity politics, I develop thoughts on how narratives of war can be reversed through the introduction of narratives of recognition. The study thus provides theoretical concepts and distinctions that can be used as a framework for the study of thick recognition and its relationship to broader processes of conflict transformation. The theoretical framework is employed in a case study on the Israeli debates about ‘New History’. Insights from the case contribute to understandings of inhibiting and facilitating circumstances for the introduction of narratives of thick recognition in conflicted societies. The study ends with a discussion on the usefulness of the theoretical concepts for further work on recognition within the field of IR.

KW - Intrastate war

KW - intractable conflict

KW - thick recognition

KW - Israel

KW - history

KW - identity

U2 - 10.1177/1354066112439217

DO - 10.1177/1354066112439217

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 168

EP - 191

JO - European Journal of International Relations

JF - European Journal of International Relations

SN - 1460-3713

IS - 1

ER -