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Fredsbygning, forsoningsprosesser, menneskerettigheter, reintegrering av tidligere barnesoldater.

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Organisasjonsutvikling, styrking av det sivile samfunn, demokratiutvikling, Hiv/AIDS problematikk, menneskerettigheter.

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Det flerkulturelle samfunn, interkulturell kompetanse, migrasjon, profesjonalitet og yrkesutøvelse.

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Norge Afrika Sør-Amerika Sør/Øst-Asia

Studie om forståelser av fred og praksiser som fremmer fred lokalt i Kamerun

Masteroppgave om temaet fred: SIK-ansatt Audhild Steinnes Heum fullførte tidligere i høst sin masteroppgave i sosialantropologi. Studien har som tittel "They say we have peace": Perceptions and practices of peace in Northern Cameroon. Konfliktløsning og fredsbygging i ulike deler av verden har lenge vært et av hovedområdene for SIKs virksomhet. Masteroppgaven bidrar således til å styrke SIKs kompetanse på både Vest-Afrika generelt og tematikken fred og forsoning spesielt.

Studien baserer seg på et fire måneder langt etnografisk feltarbeid i Adamaoua, Kamerun.

Oppgaven er lagt ut på BORA (Bergen Open Research archive) sine nettsider og kan leses i sin helhet ved å følge linken nederst på siden (link til pdf av selve oppgaven til venstre på siden).

Sammendrag på engelsk: 

The research question that this thesis sets out to answer is: “What are the perceptions and practices of peace found amongst the population in Northern Cameroon?”. Much research on war and peace has focused on the state level; however, this study takes an emic, people-oriented approach. The study draws on the distinction between ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ peace. Whereas an understanding of peace as negative peace only implies the absence of war and other forms of wide scale conflicts, a conceptualization of positive peace also involves issues such as social, economic, political and legal injustices. Positive peace thus encompasses the absence of not only direct violence, but also of other forms of violence that are not direct, but which, all the same, hamper the well-being of the population or even result in people dying. A theoretical starting point is also that peace is something that is socially constructed. The study therefore identifies practices that characterize and ensure peace in the different local settings. It was found that in a context where there is a lack of trust in governmental institutions, the traditional chiefs and the customary courts play an important role in ensuring peace at the local level. Furthermore, the study contrasts the different perceptions of peace in the area under study with the discourse of peace propagated by the state. While some informants agree on the notion that Cameroon is a country of peace, others oppose this notion as they believe that peace needs to be understood as something more than just the absence of war. Accordingly, this latter group conveys grievances related to poverty, economic, political and legal injustices, as well as lack of freedom of speech. Although this study identifies different perceptions of peace, the population in the area under study seems to agree on one point: The norm in the society is social peace between the various ethnic and religious groups. The study points to the ethnic diversity in Cameroon as one possible explanation for the historical absence of war in the country. In the concluding chapter, the Cameroonian scene is contrasted to that of the more conflict-ridden neighboring countries, Nigeria and the Central African Republic. Insights from the study propose that regional differences in the ethnic composition are a possible factor to explain why we have not seen the same kind of violent conflicts in Cameroon. However, the study also points out why the existing peace in Cameroon can be termed as an uneasy and, therefore, also a fragile peace. The quote that is used as a heading of the thesis is a reflection of the discrepancy between the state-driven discourse proclaiming negative peace and the conceptualization of positive peace expressed by the population. The study suggests that in order to ensure a stronger peace than the one that exists today, the leaders must make sure to focus more on human security for all its inhabitants. That is to say that the focus on state security should also include a stronger focus on human security.

Publisert: 2016‑12‑21