Transformative deliberative moments among ex-combattants in Colombia

Jaramillo, María Clara (2014). Transformative deliberative moments among ex-combattants in Colombia. (Dissertation, Universität Bern, Wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät)

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This dissertation presents the concept of Deliberative Transformative Moment and the instrument to identify it, in a further attempt to bridge the gap between deliberation theory and practice. A transformative moment in the deliberative process occurs when the level of deliberation is either lifted from low to high or drops from high to low. In order to identify such a moment, one has to look at the context and dynamics of the group discussion. This broadening of the unit of analysis is a big difference from other existing instruments to measure the level of deliberation, such as the Deliberative Quality Index –DQI, which focuses primarily on the individual speech acts. Consistent with the theoretical framework of consociational and deliberation
approaches, the observed discussions took place among two deeply divided
groups, Colombian ex-combatants from both the extreme left and the extreme
right. Moving beyond a pure Habermasian perspective, this study finds that
besides pure rational arguments, there are some contexts in which personal
stories, jokes and self-interests, acting as justification of arguments, have either
a positive or a negative impact on deliberative transformative moments. Although this research has a strongly qualitative orientation, reliability tests scored high, giving it strength as a reliable and valid research method that shedding some light on the sort of speech acts that enhance deliberation and those that detract from it.

Item Type:

Thesis (Dissertation)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Ruth Bucheli

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2014 13:55

Last Modified:

12 Dec 2014 08:33



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e-Dissertation (edbe)

Uncontrolled Keywords:

deliberative transformative moment, empirical tests, deliberative process, ex-combatants, Colombia, qualitative analysis




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