Local wisdom and strengthening social integration in multiethnic society post-aceh conflict

Authors

  • Aulia Rahman Postgraduate Student of Social Studies Education, Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang, Central Java 50237, Indonesia
  • Wasino Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang , Central Java 50229, Indonesia
  • Suyahmo Citizenship Education Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang, Central Java 50229, Indonesia
  • Thriwaty Arsal Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang, Central Java 50229, Indonesia
  • Fitri Amalia Shintasiwi Department of Social Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang, Central Java 50229, Indonesia

Keywords:

local wisdom, harmony, multiethnic society, social integration

Abstract

The Aceh conflict resulted in ethnic polarization, trauma, and integration problems. Langsa tended to be safer during the Aceh conflict because of the existence of a multiethnic community. This article describes the phenomenon of social integration through local wisdom in the post-conflict Acehnese multicultural community in Langsa. The research argues that the local wisdom of multiethnic communities can build social integration in the post-conflict Aceh community. To prove it, the researcher conducted an ethnographic investigation with observations and local wisdom of multiethnic communitiespractices that strengthen social integration. Data were collected inductively and interpreted by interviewing seven cross-ethnic community leaders plus conducting focus group discussions (FGD) involving four key informants from the adult class and seven youth representatives to provide comprehensive explanations. The data collected were then classified, presented, and conclusions drawn. The research findings showed that local wisdom can encourage cooperation, solidarity, and tolerance to create a post-conflict multiethnic society to live in peace. Local wisdom has succeeded in encouraging the recognition of the fundamental similarities between ethnic groups and eroding differences. Local wisdom can strengthen social resilience and succeed in organically preventing social disasters in post-conflict Acehnese society.

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Published

2022-07-27

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