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A dearth of evidence: tackling division and building relationships in Northern Ireland

Kelly, Grainne and Braniff, Maire (2016) A dearth of evidence: tackling division and building relationships in Northern Ireland. International Peacekeeping, 1 . [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2016.1166962


Addressing the estrangement of distinct identity groups as a result of violentconflict is a challenging and persistent socio-psychological peacebuildingimperative. In the immediacy of a peace agreement, priority is given topressing security and institutional arrangements, particularly within thecontext of substantial external intervention. Northern Ireland represents aninteresting case study, as early and targeted attention was paid to thedivisions between the two main communities in the region. And yet, despitesubstantial economic investment, the detail of how interventions aimed ataddressing poor relations have been informed, designed and achieved hasnot been readily accessible. Focusing on grassroots-based relational andreconciliation processes, this article contends that the failure to document,analyse and adequately disseminate these approaches has resulted incommunity-level peacebuilding which is unnecessarily extemporary, and thefocus on delivery has militated against cultures of learning, reflexivity andgenerosity in the sharing of good practice.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:conflict, peace, liberal peace, sectarianism, division
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > INCORE
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:36163
Deposited By: Dr Maire Braniff
Deposited On:23 Dec 2016 21:07
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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