The impact of statements in internal conflicts - A heuristic study with a look at the labelling of the FARC

University essay from Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Abstract: This paper builds a theory from which to analyse the impact of a statement on an internal conflict. The theory is loosely based on the common view of grievance as the cause for civil war and heavily influenced by John Austin’s thoughts on speech acts. By assuming that conceptions guide a person’s actions and that conceptions are shaped by impressions, the conclusion is that impressions from statements can affect actions. In other words; statements can affect an internal conflict and this theory aims at describing how. A second part of the paper applies the theory to the Colombian civil war. Here, I analyse how statements and events led to a changing perception of the FARC and what the results were. This is a heuristic case study where the theory building and the case study are separated as the case primarily serves as a demonstration.

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