Addressing the Neglect of Local Peacebuilding Practices Through Documentaries: A Case of Everyday Gandhis

Master's Thesis


Scholars recommend improvements to the state-centric approach of liberal peace, arguing that it creates conflict rather than promoting its resolution. Their opinion, however, remains divided on methods to fix the problem. While one group suggests some reform to liberal peace, others propose the promotion of hybrid peace that values coordination between indigenous and liberal peace practices. But, none of them envision autonomous functioning of indigenous peace practices. So, using case study method, research analyzes the experience of an NGO which supports those practices and uses documentaries to promote and disseminate them. Promotion of indigenous practices facilitates healing and reconciliation at the local level, but it can also favor discrimination. Furthermore, it is challenging to receive continuous funding in support of these practices. While documentaries can witness and record local peace practices, the subject matter and presentation style can pose barriers for dissemination of documentaries to wider audiences.


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  • etd-04202015-071048

Author Kuldeep Niraula
Advisor Hal Culbertson
Contributor Hal Culbertson, Committee Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline International Peace Studies
Degree Name Master of Arts
Defense Date
  • 2015-04-13

Submission Date 2015-04-20
  • United States of America

  • documentaries

  • indigenous peace practices

  • liberal peacebuilding

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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