In Search of a Bigger Picture: A Cultural-Relational Perspective on Social Transformation and Violence

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This special issue contains an exciting and intriguing mixture of various conflicts and contexts about social transformation and violence. Although such diversity is important and intellectually stimulating, it can also be frustrating because a “bigger picture” does not seem within easy reach. I analyze why this may be the case, why this may be a problem, and suggest some first steps toward a potential solution that might move us to a more integrative understanding of social transformation and violence—that is, as processes of relationship regulation embedded in cultural rules and regulations about how to relate to whom. Specifically, I suggest how signs of a cultural-relational perspective on social transformation and violence already are visible from aspects of the special issue contributions themselves, which suggest some potential for scientific integration.

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