Deliberation across Deep Divisions. Transformative Moments

Belgrade Philosophical Annual 29 (1):157-178 (2006)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In group discussions of any kind there tends to be an up and down in the level of deliberation. To capture this dynamic we coined the concept of Deliberative Transformative Moments (DTM). In deeply divided societies deliberation is particularly important in order to arrive at peace and stability, but deliberation is also very difficult to be attained. Therefore, we wanted to learn about the conditions that in group discussions across the deep divisions of such societies help deliberation. We organized such group discussions between ex-guerrillas and ex-paramilitaries in Colombia, Serbs and Bosnjaks in Srebrenica, and poor residents and local police officers in the favelas (slums) of Brazil. We could identify factors that help to transform discussions from low to high deliberation and risk transformations in the opposite direction. We could also identify factors that help to keep a discussion at a high level of deliberation, and, in a next step, we could determine to what extent long sequences of deliberation had a positive impact on the outcomes of the discussions. Finally, we show how our research results can have a long term effect if it is used in schools of such deeply divided societies.
Categories
PhilPapers/Archive ID
MARDAD-26
Upload history
Archival date: 2017-09-04
View other versions
Added to PP index
2017-09-04

Total views
167 ( #32,555 of 2,440,222 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
24 ( #28,864 of 2,440,222 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.