Researching the troubles

social science perspectives on the Northern Ireland conflict

Author: Owen Hargie,David Dickson

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing


Category: History

Page: 349

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This volume highlights how, for over 30 years, the seemingly irreconcilable divisions between the Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland has spawned a great deal of horrific violence and a total of over 3,700 deaths, with the toll of injuries much higher. Given this scale of human suffering, this collection of essays attempts to understand how and why such conflict occurs, and seeks to formulate ways in which it can be overcome. It brings together a number of prestigious research projects into cross-community conflict and reconciliation, funded by the Central Community Relations Unit (CCRU) in Northern Ireland. These have been conducted from within a range of social science disciplines including communication, politics, psychology, and sociology.

Teachers, Human Rights and Diversity

Educating Citizens in Multicultural Societies

Author: Audrey Osler

Publisher: Trentham Books

ISBN: 9781858563398

Category: Education

Page: 184

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How should we educate citizens in multicultural societies? This question is receiving increasing attention in countries across the world. In this volume authors from England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United States report on recent research in this field and consider the implications for teachers, teacher education and student teachers. Case studies illustrate how young citizens can learn to apply the principles of human rights and equality in resolving complex and controversial issues. The contributors include Hilary Claire, Colm O'Cuanachain, Carole Hahn, Anne Hudson, Ulrike Neins and Jackie Reilly, Jill Rutter, Chris Wilkins. This book will be of particular interest to student teachers and their tutors.

Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies

Contestation and Symbolic Landscapes

Author: Marc Howard Ross

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812221974

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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From cartoons of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper to displays of the Confederate battle flag over the South Carolina statehouse, acts of cultural significance have set off political conflicts and sometimes violence. These and other expressions and enactments of culture—whether in music, graffiti, sculpture, flag displays, parades, religious rituals, or film—regularly produce divisive and sometimes prolonged disputes. What is striking about so many of these conflicts is their emotional intensity, despite the fact that in many cases what is at stake is often of little material value. Why do people invest so much emotional energy and resources in such conflicts? What is at stake, and what does winning or losing represent? The answers to these questions explored in Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies view cultural expressions variously as barriers to, or opportunities for, inclusion in a divided society's symbolic landscape and political life. Though little may be at stake materially, deep emotional investment in conflicts over cultural acts can have significant political consequences. At the same time, while cultural issues often exacerbate conflict, new or redefined cultural expressions and enactments can redirect long-standing conflicts in more constructive directions and promote reconciliation in ways that lead to or reinforce formal peace agreements. Encompassing work by a diverse group of scholars of American studies, anthropology, art history, religion, political science, and other fields, Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies addresses the power of cultural expressions and enactments in highly charged settings, exploring when and how changes in a society's symbolic landscape occur and what this tells us about political life in the societies in which they take place.

Leadership and Political Risk Taking - A Comparative Analysis Between Northern Ireland and the Basque Country

Author: Stefan Vedder

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640679741


Page: 36

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Essay from the year 2010 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Region: Western Europe, grade: 1,0, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Department of International Politics), language: English, comment: Passed with distinction ('Work that shows a considerable degree of critical thought, flair and independence, together with sound factual knowledge' Master's Handbook, Department of International Politics), abstract: Some argue tat most major conflicts are triggered by internal, elite-level activities. At the same time peace processes are often elite-driven with a relatively small number of people responsible for making final decisions. The following analysis examines different attempts in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country to contribute sustainably to a peace process on a political elite-level. It will be shown that the success of leadership and political risk-taking by elites is highly dependent on the circumstances. It will be shown that courageous elite decisions are doomed to have little effect if basic requirements are lacking. Simultaneously, even if the preconditions seem to be appropriate peace processes can fail due to a lack of commitment on the side of political leaders. The conflicts in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country show - up to a certain extent - notable similarities in their initial situations. In both cases nationalist movements tried/try to alter the state of autonomy in one part of the country. Both conflicts led to cruel violence and left numerous civilians dead. Both conflicts took and take politically place within the particular province and between the province and the federal government of the nation state (Spain/United Kingdom and Ireland). The nationalist movements in both cases are divided between a radical party (Batasuna/Sinn Fein) and a more moderate one (PNV/SDLP). These similarities compose a good starting point for a comparative analysis. Regarding the generalizability of the findings, two central restrictions

Ireland in the Virginian Sea

Colonialism in the British Atlantic

Author: Audrey J. Horning

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469610728

Category: History

Page: 385

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Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic

Peace Education Tip V44#4

Author: David Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135470332

Category: Education

Page: 104

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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Breathing the Same Air

Children, Schools, and Politics in Northern Ireland

Author: Abigail Stahl McNamee Ed.D. Ph.D.

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 1631353136

Category: Education

Page: 458

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The common goal of integrated education in Northern Ireland is to bring Protestant and Catholic children together in schools in an attempt to foster an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect. These integrated schools stress what the divided communities have in common, rather than what divides them. They remain, however, a small percentage of Northern Ireland’s schools. There are many stories of the long discord in Northern Ireland between the Protestant and Catholic communities. Breathing the Same Air: Children, Schools, and Politics in Northern Ireland focuses on the stories of the integrated education movement, the context in which it began and continues to develop, and an American researcher’s experience as she learned of these stories. Dr. Abigail Stahl McNamee is an American educator who went to Northern Ireland for many years to write about the stories of the integrated education movement. She asks: “What families and schoolpersonnel have participated in the movement? What risks have they taken to do so? What church personnel and politicians have supported it? What do the children who attend an integrated school, and those who attend the State (Protestant) and Catholic schools in the same community, understand about the uniqueness of the school that they attend? Do their friendship patterns extend beyond their own school to the other schools in their community? How has the integrated education movement changed over the years? How can this movement resonate with Americans?”

Violence and Post-war Reconstruction

Managing Insecurity in the Aftermath of Peace Accords

Author: Christina Steenkamp

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

ISBN: 9781845117696

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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The uncomfortable truth about peace accords is that often they do not bring about a real and lasting peace: while the conflict is officially over, civilians still live with the daily threat of violence. It is generally assumed that this does not pose a threat to the peace process yet the author shows how, in reality, violence that occurs at this time and within this context has a unique potential to cause damage. In this much needed and pioneering study, the author shows the impact of continuing physical insecurity upon the postwar reconstruction process. Examining the type of violence, when it occurs and the identity of those who commit it, she reveals the serious implications for the reconstruction of state, polity and society and for the quality of peace that emerges. She shows how the use of violence to address everyday problems becomes increasingly acceptable, explores the use of violence by organized groups in society, and pays particular attention to civilian reactions to post-accord insecurity. In a final chapter, she identifies a range of important considerations for the better understanding of a vital yet often neglected aspect of postwar reconstruction.

Power sharing

new challenges for divided societies

Author: Ian O'Flynn,David Russell

Publisher: Pluto Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 229

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Examines the impact of power-sharing within local communities.

Equity, Diversity, and Interdependence

Reconnecting Governance and People Through Authentic Dialogue

Author: Michael Murray,Brendan Murtagh

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.


Category: Political Science

Page: 166

View: 9383

Taking Northern Ireland as a detailed, illustrative case study, this book examines rural development in an area of conflict. It focusses in particular on how service organisations and local groups function in these areas, and on their attitudes, behaviours and perceptions in relation to issues of equity, diversity and interdependence. In doing so, it demonstrates not only the need for organisational change, but also highlights possible pathways for this internal and external relational transformation based on experience thus far.