Therapeutic Interventions

  • K. M. Fierke


The last chapter explored the role of cultural interventions in shaping the meaning of conflict, including the role of propaganda and dialogue. While propaganda tends to exaggerate or distort the threat posed by others, and sanitize the violence of the “self,” dialogue is about breaking down the misperceptions that arise from an ongoing absence of direct communication in a context of war. The media was discussed as the primary source of intervention, shaping the perceptions of a larger public, and generating support for action of one kind or another by governments. Dialogue was presented as a process by which estranged collective selves begin to engage across the lines of conflict. While the potential role of a third-party intervenor was raised, a further dimension of dialogue, and other processes of moving out of conflict, requires separate exploration.


Peace Process Past Trauma Reconciliation Commission Individual Victim Emotional Numbing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Fierke
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  1. 1.School of Politics and International StudiesQueen’s UniversityBelfastIreland

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