Our scientific understanding of peaceful societies – and of the conditions and processes conducive to sustaining peace in multicultural societies in general – is fragmented at best. This paper addresses this gap, presenting a case study of a multicultural society often hailed for its high levels of peacefulness– Mauritius. Through a systematic review of the literature on Mauritius and qualitative interviews and focus groups with a wide range of Mauritian stakeholder groups, the study focused on gleaning insights from the lived experiences of a broad swath of Mauritian society around what it takes to maintain peace in a multicultural context. The study is one component of a comprehensive, multi-method project on sustaining peace, which combines theory development, empirical validation, complexity visualization and mathematical modeling with grounded insights of citizens living in peace in resilient communities and societies around the globe. Findings from this study provide support for the necessity of employing a complexity lens in understanding peace, and offers a nuanced understanding some of the contradictions evident in how everyday peace is often maintained in these societies.
sustaining peace, peaceful societies, Mauritius
Aumeerally, Naseem; Chen-Carrel, Allegra; and Coleman, Peter T.
"Learning with Peaceful, Heterogeneous Communities: Lessons on Sustaining Peace in Mauritius,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 28:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol28/iss2/3