8. juli 2014

“Peace is not the result of integrated coexistence. It is the result of well-defined geographic.. boundaries”

Interessant kommentar af David Brooks i New York Times – Social Science Palooza IV.

“A day without social science is like a day without sunshine. Fortunately, every morning Kevin Lewis of National Affairs magazine gathers recent social science findings and emails them out to the masses. You can go to the National Affairs website to see and sign up for his work, but, in the meantime, here are some recent interesting findings…

Good fences make good neighbors. When ethnic groups clash, we usually try to encourage peace by integrating them. Let them get to know one another or perform a joint activity. This may be the wrong approach. Alex Rutherford, Dion Harmon and others studied ethnically diverse areas and came to a different conclusion. Peace is not the result of integrated coexistence. It is the result of well-defined geographic and political boundaries. For example, Switzerland is an ethnically diverse place, but mountains and lakes clearly define each group’s spot. Even in the former Yugoslavia, amid widespread ethnic violence, peace prevailed where there were clear boundaries.

Most social science research confirms the blindingly obvious. But sometimes it reveals things nobody had thought of, or suggests that the things we thought were true are actually false.”

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  1. Interessant artikel, tak for link Kim.

    Kommentar by Dave — 8. juli 2014 @ 17:18

  2. Temmelig logisk. Hvis grænsedragning laves med en lineal, så kommer der konflikter.


    Kommentar by tavsen — 8. juli 2014 @ 17:26

  3. Det studie han hentyder til er her: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0095660

    “Our analysis supports the hypothesis that violence between groups can be inhibited by physical and political boundaries. A similar analysis of the area of the former Yugoslavia shows that during widespread ethnic violence existing political boundaries did not coincide with the boundaries of distinct groups, but peace prevailed in specific areas where they did coincide. The success of peace in Switzerland may serve as a model to resolve conflict in other ethnically diverse countries and regions of the world.”

    Kommentar by Nicolai — 8. juli 2014 @ 17:38

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