Engaging with the violent past to motivate and direct conflict resolution practice in Northern Ireland
AffiliationUniversity of Otago
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AbstractCollective memories can form a barrier to conflict resolution in societies affected by violent conflict. Although engaging with conflict history is an important aspect of conflict resolution practice, it is not fully understood how to achieve this in these complex and emotive environments. This article presents the case of local grassroots conflict resolution practitioners in Northern Ireland who have developed an alternative narrative about the violent past that they draw on to motivate and direct their practice. It provides insights into how conflict resolution practitioners in intractable conflicts can engage with the violent past in ways that support increased understanding between identity groups.
CitationRafferty, R., (2017). 'Engaging with the violent past to motivate and direct conflict resolution practice in Northern Ireland'. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35(2), pp.197-221.
JournalConflict Resolution Quarterly