Conflict Transformation and Social Crisis Resolution

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Apinya Tissamana


          This article aims to explore the concept of conflict transformation which was initially developed in the 1990s to serve conflict resolutions. Since the concept of conflict resolutions emphasizes on a large-scale and protracted conflict, a peace process is mobilized among all of the stakeholders in the dynamic of the conflict to involve them in the process of conflict resolutions based on the social structure and culture. Most chronic conflicts have never been scrutinized to find the root causes by those in charge. Some conflicts are disguised and become the culture where most people in society get used to the cycle. The concept of conflict transformation in each society includes sustainable peace and coexistence, so the process is to serve coexistence according to people’s interactions and relationship in society. Diversity in all dimensions is to be accepted in society to sustain the coexistence while other developments of relationship are in progress. Alternative approaches can also be implemented to create constructive collaboration for the better future of society. This article offers analytical perspectives to reflect the challenges and obstacles in conflict transformation. A profound understanding about conflict management will lead to a value of thinking to be rooted in society. How to exercise the rights and liberty, the state of inequality and equality, and other controversial issues in society are academically analyzed through the local and international case studies on conflict transformation to reach a broader understanding of the peace process.

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