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Teaching for democracy in the absence of transitional justice:The case of Northern Ireland

Worden, Elizabeth Anderson and Smith, Alan (2017) Teaching for democracy in the absence of transitional justice:The case of Northern Ireland. Comparative Education, 53 (3). pp. 379-395. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2017.1334426

DOI: 10.1080/03050068.2017.1334426


In Northern Ireland, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement ended thirty years of civil conflict—known as ‘the Troubles’—by achieving nominal peace between the opposing factions. It did so, however, through a political power-sharing formula that had no provisions for state-sponsored transitional justice mechanisms. We ask to what extent education can promote the goals of transitional justice in the absence of a formal process. Drawing from qualitative data and using a new citizenship education programme in Northern Ireland as our case study, we argue that organizational constraints within the education system limit the potential of the programme. We also identify missed opportunities, such as the de-emphasis on the importance of teaching political literacy. Our findings have implications for other societies undergoing transition from violent conflict by highlighting the potential opportunities for citizenship education to aid in transitional justice efforts.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:citizenship education transitional justice Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:38539
Deposited By: Professor Alan Smith
Deposited On:18 Sep 2017 14:34
Last Modified:05 Jul 2018 10:36

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