What are the determinants of business community involvement and participation in conflict?

What are the determinants of business community involvement and participation in

Jigsaw Exercises
This exercise is aimed at encouraging you to develop knowledge about a particular area of
reconstruction and to share this knowledge with a group of your peers. One week prior to each
jigsaw exercise, you will be placed into groups of three. Each one of you will be given a topic to
conduct research on. On the given days you will gather in your three-person group for half of
the class to share with them the knowledge that you have acquired in the course of conducting
research on the topic. You are expected to provide other group members with supporting
information such as visuals, pictures, and datasheets. The aim of this exercise is for you to
develop knowledge of a specific topic and to share it with your peers. It is also intended to have
you and your peers discussing, in small groups, how your topics are related and what these topics
mean for the study of post-conflict reconstruction. You will be given between 15-20 minutes to
discuss your own topic within your group. Once all members have presented their topics you are
expected to discuss them within the group with a focus on key questions, such as: how are these
topics related? How do they impact how we think about post-conflict reconstruction? You will
be graded based on the quality of your research, the presentation of your material, and your active
participation in the discussions.
My topic
Topic #2 – The business community
One of the central actors in any conflict or post-conflict space is the business community. The
business community in any country is highly stratified and divided along various lines: business
activity, regional background, social/ethnic/religious identities, and so on, and thus may be
implicated in some ways in conflicts themselves. In some cases, business people try and avoid
immersing themselves in conflicts altogether. Consider, for example, how so many businesses
cease operations and move out of the country, waiting out the conflict until conditions change at
home. In other cases, business people are directly responsible for the creation and perpetuation of
conflict. Consider, for example, the role that landowners may play in facilitating social divisions
that lead to conflict, or, how some business people fuel anti-government or other such warring
factions in a conflict. In other words, business people can adopt policies that correspond to the
battlefield of conflict and which have serious implications for the trajectory of conflicts. Finally,
we must also consider the post-conflict role of the business community – they are, after all, one
of the strata of society most entrusted with supporting reconstruction.
The business community thus has the ability to affect the trajectory of (post)conflict politics in
profound ways. Your task in this jigsaw is to discuss how the business community (broadly
defined) plays a role in the economic and political trajectory of conflicts. To do so, you need to
think about how business communities are stratified and what the relationship between this
stratification and politics looks like. You need to think about how business people contribute in
different ways to the transformation of conflict. This ability to effect transformation is not
uniform, so you should draw on a few key examples to demonstrate how the business community
plays a role during and after conflict.
Some key questions you should ask yourself include:
– What are the determinants of business community involvement and participation in
– How are business people lured back to participate in the post-conflict reconstruction?

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Academic LevelHigh school
Subject AreaSociology
Paper Type Presentation or speech
Number of Pages4 Page(s)/1100 words
Paper FormatAPA
SpacingDouble spaced
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