Rethinking personal healing in the context of communal recovery : an essay on the constructive and destructive aspects of reconciliation
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The point of departure for this thesis is the acknowledgment of the importance of meeting the challenges of trauma simultaneously at personal and communal levels. It is argued that the relationship between individual healing and communal recovery reflects interdependency: one can only be achieved when the other is correctly identified and addressed. The thesis is organized in three main parts (dealing with the nature of trauma, communal reconciliation, and the case study of Northern Uganda) and involves a critical examination of the importance of personal trauma healing in the context of communal recovery. In the concluding discussion, it is proposed that reconciliation at communal and personal levels must take place simultaneously in order for a society to fully overcome trauma.
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