Presentation Title

Theoretical and action-oriented vindication of peace: the recognition of structurality to overcome usual preconceptions of the category

Start Date

10-2-2021 5:15 PM

End Date

10-2-2021 6:15 PM

Proposal Type

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Proposal Description

With the idea of restoring the analytical relevance, and the real viability, of peace as a process of as a process of instituting a communal order, throughout this contribution we will seek to reflect on the dimensions identified as structural or basic to its social feasibility.

This exercise requires reconsidering the construction of peace in historically unequal environments and seeking an interpretative framework for the process in these contexts, characterized by social inequality and its manifestations (injustice, exclusion, social immobility).

To arrive at this alternative, we begin by making explicit the conceptual trajectory that links the category of social inequality - multiple inequalities - with the possibility of a socially significant peace. This analytical path requires the incorporation of the concept of structural violence as the theoretical equivalent of social injustice.

It is fundamental to emphasize structurality as the property that allows a critical discernment between the alternative of a socially significant peace, and pacification as a process that even results in the reproduction and reinforcement of injustice.

The course that links these key categories is as follows: the structural condition of inequality is strengthened and manifested in bodies of ideas and principles on social justice/injustice. In this sense, and in the words of Johan Galtung himself - a reference to peace studies as a field of differentiable thought, during the 20th century - structural violence is directly equivalent to social injustice.

In sum, our reflection is oriented towards the plausibility of alternatives that diversify the scheme of inequality and injustice, through collective mechanisms that demand peaceful coexistence.

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Theoretical and action-oriented vindication of peace: the recognition of structurality to overcome usual preconceptions of the category

With the idea of restoring the analytical relevance, and the real viability, of peace as a process of as a process of instituting a communal order, throughout this contribution we will seek to reflect on the dimensions identified as structural or basic to its social feasibility.

This exercise requires reconsidering the construction of peace in historically unequal environments and seeking an interpretative framework for the process in these contexts, characterized by social inequality and its manifestations (injustice, exclusion, social immobility).

To arrive at this alternative, we begin by making explicit the conceptual trajectory that links the category of social inequality - multiple inequalities - with the possibility of a socially significant peace. This analytical path requires the incorporation of the concept of structural violence as the theoretical equivalent of social injustice.

It is fundamental to emphasize structurality as the property that allows a critical discernment between the alternative of a socially significant peace, and pacification as a process that even results in the reproduction and reinforcement of injustice.

The course that links these key categories is as follows: the structural condition of inequality is strengthened and manifested in bodies of ideas and principles on social justice/injustice. In this sense, and in the words of Johan Galtung himself - a reference to peace studies as a field of differentiable thought, during the 20th century - structural violence is directly equivalent to social injustice.

In sum, our reflection is oriented towards the plausibility of alternatives that diversify the scheme of inequality and injustice, through collective mechanisms that demand peaceful coexistence.