Social Sciences and Peace Studies
Peace studies often ignore the insights of the social sciences concerning social relationships. Yet conflict emerges with a break in human relations which peace studies tries to mend. That creates a possibility for social science and peace studies to mutually enrich one another in their approach to conflict and peace. This paper is divided into two parts. Part I discusses social science and selected social theories. Part II reviews the history of peace and conflict studies. The paper then goes on to discuss the contributions of three pioneers namely Johann Galtung, Adam Curle and John Paul Lederach in peace and conflict studies; and how their work demonstrates the enriching reciprocity of social science and peace studies.
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