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‘High Resolution’ Indicators in Peace Building: The Utility of Political Memory

Brown, Kristian (2012) ‘High Resolution’ Indicators in Peace Building: The Utility of Political Memory. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 7 (4). pp. 482-513. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17502977.2012.727539

DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2012.727539


This article explores the use of political memory in examining, and providing indicators for, everyday processes of peacebuilding in divided societies, using Northern Ireland as a brief case study. Adopting a position critical of many formal peacebuilding indicators, the article argues for the utility of informal, ‘high resolution’ indicators that can be supplied by examining localised, and everyday forms of post conflict memory. In so doing, the article views the ‘dealing with the past’ and reconciliatory paradigm of social memory in identity driven conflicts as being inadequate for this purpose, and instead posits a more nuanced form of examining memory as a political arena. A case study of political memory in east Belfast is introduced to illustrate both the need for nuance in highlighting localised activity, and need to better reflect a complex and ambiguous peacebuilding environment. Suggestions for methodological approaches geared to capturing processes of everyday political memory, and how these processes can inform praxis, concludes the study.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:23928
Deposited By: Dr Kristian Brown
Deposited On:27 Nov 2012 10:48
Last Modified:09 Mar 2017 18:23

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