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Mediating Across DifferenceOceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution$
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Morgan Brigg and Roland Bleiker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834593.001.0001

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Christianity, Custom, and Law

Christianity, Custom, and Law

Conflict and Peacemaking in the Postconflict Solomon Islands

(p.141) Chapter 7 Christianity, Custom, and Law
Mediating Across Difference

Debra McDougall

Joy Kere

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shows that the pursuit of peace often makes use of three institutional mechanisms — church, custom, and law. Contrary to popular perceptions of ‘closed’ island societies, this approach revolves around a basic openness to foreigners and foreignness. This openness is accompanied by a widely shared sense that people — whether they be locals or foreigners — have reciprocal rights. The chapter highlights an extensive and complex entanglement of social relations whereby problems in one realm of life, such as illness, can be entwined with those in another, such as land disputes. One implication of these complex interdependent relationships is that locals, rather than outsiders, are best placed to devise satisfactory conflict resolution interventions.

Keywords:   institutional mechanisms, church, custom, law, reciprocal rights, social relations, interdependent relationships

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