chapter  6
Inclusion in the political community
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This chapter explores how the ex-combatants relate to equality and inclusion in the political community. As such, the chapter looks at where the ex-combatants draw the limits of their polity and their conceptions of citizenship. Thereby it captures the degree to which equality and inclusivity are embraced as ideals in politics. If the political community is narrowly defined, it is easier to grant those included equal access to the political process, but it does not have to be indicative of a democratic community. Thus, delineating who are seen as citizens in the first place, and on the basis of what, is central to understanding the ex-combatants’ support for equality. The chapter therefore describes the final dimension of the ex-combatants’ relationship with politics, namely the importance and degree of inclusion in the polity as voiced by the ex-combatants.