Local wisdom and strengthening social integration in multiethnic society post-aceh conflict
Keywords:local wisdom, harmony, multiethnic society, social integration
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.