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Storytelling: Restorative Approaches to Post-2003 Iraq Peacebuilding

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/09/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Issue number4
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)510-527
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/07/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Top-down national reconciliation initiatives overlook the significance of, and connection between, story and culture in social conflict resolution. They have thus failed to emerge in post-2003 Iraq. This article draws on the theoretical insights from social constructionism to examine the potential of centreing storytelling within a bottom-up restorative peacebuilding process. It posits that integrating storytelling-based practices, such as restorative justice dialogue and restorative education, within Iraq's legal and educations systems can promote an inclusive, cross-communal public discourse and facilitate bottom-up and inclusive peacebuilding practices.